How do I improve my posture?
We have all questioned at one point how we can fix our posture after accidently getting a glimpse or seeing a photo of how hunched over we are.
Whether you work at a desk, do manual work or are on your feet a lot, your posture has probably suffered. With poor posture comes unnecessary back, shoulder, and neck pain.
You have probably tried to stretch your back for some relief, but it never really works. If anything, it makes returning to your original position more painful and uncomfortable.
As a chiropractic and massage therapy clinic, we know there are some great tips and tricks to help support your back and protect the muscles involved in having good posture.
Our Top Tips
- Go for a walk around every 30-40 minutes. Go and stretch those legs, roll your shoulders back and move around. Not only does this encourage blood flow, but it also forces you to stretch your muscles and straighten your back.
- Make sure you are drinking enough water; no amount of tea or coffee or even fizzy pop will ever replace water. Staying hydrated is important for every single part of your body, it is a necessity to stay hydrated.
- Do not lean, whether it is over a desk, over a computer, a checkout, or any equipment. Move your computer closer to you, push your chair in closer, make everything more directly accessible so there is no additional strain.
- Do no lift anything that could cause strain with your knees, bending your back and hunching over to pick something up can cause a lot of damage. Not only does it hurt your back, but it activates the wrong muscles that should not be used. This causes strain, pressure, and a chance on long time problems.
- Have a massage to help remove tension from over used muscles and to help move those overused muscles back, this is so they stop being used. Your massage therapist will advise more on this with you.
- Make sure you aren’t using pillows that are too high for your neck when you go to sleep. Your neck should be level, not at an angle or pointing higher than 90 degrees. It can cause neck pain and a poor night’s sleep, which is not something any of us want.
How can we help you?
Having good posture can support your back, shoulders, neck, and head. On average the adult head weighs 10 to 11 pounds. By having corrected posture, you are supporting your neck and the muscles around it.
Not only is it important to have good posture, but it is important that any poor posture is corrected. Having poor posture for long periods of time can have both short and long term problems.
We deal with posture problems a lot, so we know exactly how to treat you and how to help. Whether you have recurrent pain or just the occasional issue- we can try to find the root cause.
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