Check Your Posture

posture

If you want an example of good posture, just look at a young child – their back shows a graceful ‘S’ curve and their movements are easy and effortless. As we get older, bad habits such as slouching and inactivity cause muscle fatigue and tension that ultimately lead to poor posture. The complications of poor posture include back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders and a potbelly.

You can improve your posture and spinal health by making a few lifestyle adjustments. See your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor for further information and advice.

Poor posture can cause problems including back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders and a potbelly. You can improve your posture and spinal health by making a few lifestyle adjustments.

Maintain Good Posture

  • Avoid sitting in soft, squashy chairs.
  • Use lumbar rolls to support your lower back when sitting in regular chairs or driving the car.
  • Switch to ergonomic chairs in the office or for any activity that requires you to sit for long periods of time.
  • Make sure your mattress is supportive enough to keep your spine straight when lying on your side.
  • Use a pillow that supports your neck.
  • Keep your back straight and use your thigh muscles when lifting heavy weights.

Improve Your General Posture

  • Remember the rule of ‘curve reversal’ – for example, if you’ve been leaning over your desk, stretch back the other way.
  • Perform stretching exercises two or three times a week to boost muscle flexibility.
  • Exercise regularly to improve muscle strength and tone.
  • Stretch your neck muscles regularly by turning your head from one side to another.
  • Your abdominal muscles support your lower back, so make sure they are in good condition. Do ‘abdominal crunches’ (lie on your back and curl your ribcage and pelvis as close together as possible) rather than straight-backed sit-ups (which exercise the muscles of the hips and thighs).
  • Avoid standing on one foot for long periods of time.
  • Cross your legs at the ankle, rather than the knee.
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We correct posture in children to:

  • strengthen the back and neck for sports and backpacks
  • minimize slouching and rounded shoulders
  • rebuild self-image and self esteem

Source : http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Posture

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