Posture Perfect or Not So Perfect
Many variables can contribute to less than perfect posture such as knee injury, back injury, recent surgery, old injuries that were not properly treated, disease or even genetics. Those workers who sit hunched at desk jobs all day, those who do repetitive tasks, those who stand for the majority of the day or those who spend large amounts of time driving are more at risk for back pain and poor posture.
The Importance of Good Posture
How to Improve Your PostureGood posture can improve appearance, aid circulation and contribute to overall good health. People with good posture stand tall with the hips and shoulders aligned, and the chin level. Examples of poor posture could be slouching, limping or always favoring one side of the body. Those working in sports medicine, physical therapy or chiropractic care often see poor posture causing pain to clients of all ages.
There are many small changes that can be made to improve posture even if working in one of the at risk jobs. Doing simple stretches while seated at a desk or even while driving can alleviate pain and improve posture.
- These stretches might include pulling in the stomach muscles and holding them in that position for a few seconds, gently shrugging and then releasing the shoulders, consciously straightening the spine, expanding the chest or leveling the chin.
- Becoming more aware of body positioning can also help. Make sure both feet are planted firmly on the floor when sitting, and arrange the keyboard and computer monitor so that they are a proper distance from the body.
- Do not lean forward and strain to see the monitor.
- Try not to reach up too high or down too low towards a keyboard.
- For those who work desk jobs, just standing up, stretching or walking around for a few minutes can be beneficial.
For those who have suffered from a knee injury or other sports related ailment, specialists in sports medicine or chiropractic care can give support and specific exercises to regain good posture. Naturally, clients who go to physical therapy will receive advice about achieving or returning to a healthy posture. More work may be needed to overcome posture problems caused by old injuries or disease but chiropractors or other specialists can aid in the process. Poor posture is a very common problem, but following these basic tips can help anyone attain a better posture.
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