May has begun and that means so has National Correct Your Posture Month! That’s right — there is an entire month dedicated to the health, happiness, and the upright-ness of your spine! To help you celebrate, we’ve put together a few tips just about anyone can do to promote better posture.
Why Is Posture So Important?
Poor posture might not seem like a huge deal, but it can have a big impact on your heath. Back problems aren’t the only ailment associated with improper posture. Other issues include:
We don’t expect you to maintain proper posture all the time, but we want you to understand the importance of good posture and to understand how you should be carrying yourself so you can try your best to practice proper posture every day.
Our Tips for Better Posture
Stand up straight - Yes, your mother was right! Straightening up and standing tall is a great way to prevent problematic posture. You can do this by pretending there is a rod going from the base of your spine to the back of your head. Your ears should be centered over your shoulders, and you should hold your shoulders back, knees straight, and tummy tucked in.
Don’t slump - We’ve all been there before…the afternoon slump. And it can take on a whole new meaning when it comes to posture! As the day drags on and you become more and more tired, make sure you don’t slouch. All you have to do is sit all the way back in your chair and use a cushion or rolled up towel to support your lower back. You will also want to keep your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90-degree angle.
Take care when using technology - We know, we know. Your smartphone is essentially a part of you. But don’t let that be your downfall! When you tilt your head down to read your email, favorite blog, or latest viral video, it puts a lot of strain and stress on your spine. Lift your phone to meet your eyes to make great strides toward proper posture.
Drive tall - Reclining in your car might make you look cool, but it isn’t good for your posture. Position your seat as close to the steering wheel as is comfortably possible with your knees slightly bent and at hip level (or just above). Most cars come with lumbar support, so be sure to take advantage!
These are just a few suggestions we have to help you practice proper posture. For more tips, contact us today or schedule a consultation!