Having poor posture can have an impact on your health. This is one of the most common bad habits that we try to help people address. Having better posture not only helps your body function better but it quickly makes you feel better with less pressure on your joints, release of fatigue and that straighter feeling. Most people think of back pain as a cause or outcome of poor posture but there are more negative impacts than just that.
- Jaw pain
- Strain on joints and muscles
- Degeneration of the spine
- Disrupted breathing
- Impaired circulatory and digestive systems
These are only a handful of outcomes that can happen when you have continuously poor posture. Correcting your posture doesn’t happen overnight, and it does need consistent attention, but there is always a chance to improve your posture.
Drive tall: You make think proper posture doesn’t apply when you are behind the wheel but it does. Keep your shoulders back, knees straight and hips in line with the rest of your body.
- Stand up straight: As simple as it sounds, it is a must. Stand up nice and tall and keep your chin tucked in so you’re not tempted to let your head and neck fall forward.
- Don’t slouch or slump: A hard habit to break but can make the world of a difference. Don’t let your body get used to slouching when it is tired. Sit on the front of your sit bones and sit up straight. Take care of your body and posture by taking breaks when you are sitting for a long time and invest in ergonomic work furniture. Sitting your bum right to the back of the seat and leaning back can help maintain good posture.
- Be aware of your technology: If you are addicted to your phone or any screen, at least be mindful of how it impacts your posture. Raise your phone up to your eyes instead of tilting your head towards your phone. When making this a habit, it won’t cause tension in your neck and won’t lead to strain.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time: This goes hand in hand with not slouching and sitting tall. We slouch because our bodies are tired. Listen to your body, take breaks and practice good posture even when you are sitting.
We cannot stress enough how important good posture is for you and why you should fix poor posture straight away. As chiropractors we can help by mobilising and moving your joints so you feel more supple and flexible, and able to move better. If you want to enquire about making an appointment with us, call us on 01202 604707 or visit www.wimbornewellnesscentre.co.uk/.
If you are in any doubt about your health, you must consult your GP. Dorset View cannot be held responsible for your use or misuse of the information provided on this page.
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