In our often busy lives, it can be hard to remember that our health and wellbeing should take priority. This can include getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising and maintaining proper posture.
Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting or lying down. When your posture is poor this can increase pressure on your spine and contribute to tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and fatigue.
If you’re having trouble remembering to keep track of your spinal health, just try to remember these posture tips.
We present the three Ps of posture:
Posture Tip #1: Preparation
Preparing your environment to be spine friendly can help make it easier to implement positive habits. If you work in an office and have a height-adjustable desk, try alternating frequently between standing and sitting. Take a moment to assess your office desk. Are there any elements that are putting stress or strain on your body? Keep the mouse and telephone within easy reach so you don’t have to stretch to reach them.
Posture Tip #2: Position
The position you hold your spine is key to spinal health. Pay attention to the way you sit to avoid hunching or slouching. When sitting, sit back in your seat and make sure your spine is well-supported by the chair. Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips and keep your feet flat on the floor. If you are in an environment where you are constantly standing, make sure to stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled back and your stomach tucked in to engage your core.
Posture Tip #3: Practice
Practising proper posture is key to building good spinal habits and implementing these into your everyday activity. Implementing good spinal health habits including correct sitting, will take time but practising every day will help your body remember the correct positions.
Contact Us for More Posture Tips!
We hope that these posture tips will be helpful for your spinal health and general wellbeing. If you would like more advice and assistance on improving your posture, get in touch or book an appointment with Dr Miki today. She can help you build positive spinal health habits for life.