As a chiropractic patient, you are probably aware of the importance of maintaining proper posture, whether you are seated or standing. Good posture helps us to sit, stand, walk, and lie in positions that put the least strain on supporting ligaments and muscles. Proper posture helps bones and joints to be in correct alignment, which decreases the wear on joint surfaces, helps prevent muscle strain and back pain, and reduces the stress put on ligaments, allowing muscles to work more efficiently. With proper posture, you will reduce your risk of back pain and injury.
Standing Room Only
If you've been following our blog, you know how important it is to make sure you aren't over-sitting. But what if you have the opposite problem, and you spend too much time standing? We have some tips on how to stand with proper posture:
- Bear your weight on the balls of your feet.
- Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart with your knees slightly bent.
- Allow your arms to hang naturally at your sides.
- Stand up straight and tall with your shoulders pulled back, neck long, and chin slightly lifted.
- Keep your core tight and engaged.
- Your head should be level, with your earlobes in line with your shoulders. Avoid pushing your head forward, sideways, or backward.
- If you are standing for an extended period of time, periodically shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or from one foot to the other.
Remember to have a seat, and give your feet and legs a break if you must stand for long periods of time. If you'd like more tips on proper standing posture, just ask during your next appointment. We'd be happy to share proper posture exercises and recommendations for you to try at home.