How often did your parents tell you to stand up straight? Whether they were complaining about your slouching or warning you about your heavy backpack, they understood the importance of good posture. Bad posture habits developed during the younger years can impact spinal health in the future. As chiropractors, we recommend the following tips to improve your posture.
Do You Have Poor Posture?
The first part of improving your posture is to pay attention to how you stand, walk, move, and sit. Be aware of your spine and neck throughout the day and consider keeping track of how frequently you crane your neck or slouch.
Practice Makes Perfect
If you have poor posture, the only way to improve it is to practice different ways of standing, walking, moving, and sitting. Don’t just talk about these changes, commit to them. Practicing good posture every day is the only way it will become a natural part of your life.
How To Improve Your Posture
Improve Your Posture While Sitting
When you are sitting, your feet should be on the floor. Avoid crossing your legs. The chair you are seated in should provide adequate support for your back, which will allow you to maintain a comfortable spinal position. Be aware of your back and neck and avoid leaning forward and slouching.
Improve Your Posture While Standing
While standing, your goal is to maintain a neutral spine. With a slight bend of your knees, put most of your weight on the balls of your feet. Focus on standing straight and tall with your shoulders back. If you are standing for long periods of time, be sure to shift your weight.
Improve Your Posture While Sleeping
Yes, you can even improve your posture while you are sleeping! Avoid sleeping on your stomach, as this affects the spine. Also, make sure your pillows and mattress are comfortable but also supportive for your back and neck. If you are experiencing pain, try sleeping on your back or side. Additionally, the American Chiropractic Association suggests using an additional pillow between your legs or under your knees if you sleep on your side or back.
Schedule A Chiropractic Adjustment
Our team of chiropractic professionals can recommend specific exercises to strengthen your core and help improve your posture. Spinal adjustment and chiropractic treatments that focus on improving your posture can also be done. We also have plenty of tips on improving the ergonomics in your office or at home.
Do you have questions about improving your posture? Contact us or ask during your next adjustment!