According to the American Chiropractic Association, posture is defined as the position of our bodies when we stand, sit or lie down. With good posture, your body parts are properly supported by gravity and strong postural muscles. This reduces the stress put on ligaments and joints, allows muscles to work efficiently and prevents strain and back pain.
The most common contributing factors of poor posture include stress, obesity, pregnancy, decreased flexibility and a poor working environment. To ensure you maintain proper posture, consider the following tips:
1. Practice balance
Improving your balance while you stand and walk will ultimately enhance your posture. To practice balancing, try standing in a doorway. Adjust your posture, then raise a leg, bend your knee and hold that position for 20 seconds. Repeat with the other leg. Over time, you'll find it easier to hold this position without reaching for the wall.
2. Adjust your seated position
Most notice their poor posture while sitting, so it's easy to make the proper adjustments. The ACA suggested avoiding crossing your legs and keeping your feet flat on the floor or using a footrest. Adjust the backrest of your chair to enhance lower and middle back support. Keep your forearms parallel to the ground while relaxing your shoulders.
3. Consider how you sleep
You might not think about it, but paying attention to posture goes beyond the daytime. Your lying position has a large impact on your back. To improve your posture while resting, make sure your mattress caters to your body, whether you need a firm or soft bed. The same goes for your pillow.
Try to sleep on your back as often as possible so that your spine stays aligned throughout the night. Sleeping on your side is acceptable too, as long as you place a pillow between your legs. This will adjust your spine correctly and can also help with back pain.
How can poor posture result in back pain? As stated earlier, joint surfaces may experience wear and tear when the bones and joints aren't properly aligned. This could lead to degenerative arthritis and overall pain. If you're working on improving your posture, but you're still dealing with the pain, you may want to consider chiropractic care. A professional can provide assistance to relieve the bothersome aches and pains.
Are you ready to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor? Contact Bronston Chiropractic today.