Posture: Be your all by standing tall
Why is Posture So Important?
In our modern lifestyle there is a tendency toward forward flexed postures. We spend the majority of our day hunched over our desk, laptop or cell phone. Poor posture leads to reduced mobility, general stiffness, and chronic conditions such as headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain. The accompanying sunken chest and compressed abdominal cavity can also interfere with breathing and digestion. You may be tired because of the extra energy you use just to stand up!
Good posture is important because it allows your body to function optimally by properly aligning your ligaments and bones to allow the force of gravity to be evenly distributed. Therefore, you experience less pain and fatigue and have more energy to do the things you love. It also contributes to improved circulation and can even make you look better. People with proper posture appear taller, thinner, more confident and graceful than those who slouch.
Check Your Posture:
Your back should be straight, buttocks against the back of the chair, shoulders back and relaxed down, head back in line with your shoulders, arms and knees bent at 90 degrees, forearms and thighs parallel to the floor, wrists neutral, hips bent to 90-110 degrees, feet flat touching the floor. Your computer screen should be an arms-length away and the top of your monitor should be level with your eyes. Remove your wallet from your back pocket and do not cross your legs.
From the side: Imagine a vertical line running through your ear, shoulder, hip, knee cap and the front of your ankle. Your tummy should be flat and your lower back should have a slight hollow.
From the front: Your eyes, ears, shoulders, hips, and knee caps should be level with each other and there should be no rotation in your head, trunk or hips. Your knees shouldn’t bend in toward each other or away from each other and your feet should have and nice arch and point straight forward. (not turned in or out)
How Can I Improve My Posture?
Always be aware of your posture
Avoid posture pitfalls:
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Straining forward to read the computer screen
- Place items like the phone in easy reach
- Holding the baby on one hip
- Standing at a counter for long periods of time cooking, cleaning, folding laundry
- Falling asleep on the arm of the couch
- Avoid sleeping on your stomach
- Use a pillow between your legs (side sleeping) or under your knees (back sleeping)
Using your cellphone:
- Don’t cradle the phone with your shoulder, use a headset
- Do – limit texting to under 15 min at a time
Take breaks every 45 min -to change positions and stretch
Invest in a good mattress and pillow
Have your posture checked by a professional – once assessed, a custom strengthening program can be designed to correct your specific problems.
For more information or to have your posture checked, please call us at 1-855-CALL OWC or 1-855-225-5692