Posture has a big influence on our bodies, specifically our muscles and joints. Not only does good posture positively affect our health, but it can make us look better and exudes our confidence. Good posture lessens muscle fatigue, decreases pressure on our joints, and even improves breathing and circulation.
Our spine has natural curves that are imperative to our structure. In the area of our neck the spine naturally curves towards the front of our body (or anterior), in our upper and mid back the spine naturally curves towards the back (or posterior), and in the lower back the spine naturally curves again towards our front. When these curves are maintained in our neutral positions, the structure of our spine is optimal. Proper posture maintains these natural spinal curves and minimizes any extra pressure oh our muscles and joints.
Here are a few good tips to ensure your posture is top notch!
- When in a resting standing or sitting position, make sure your chin is parallel to the floor and your head is positioned over the rest of your spine not too far forward. If we have a protruding chin or head it adds pressure and excess weight to the neck and upper back – we want to avoid this.
- Ensure that your shoulders are lowered and back. Too often we have forward rolling shoulders that puts extra tension on the shoulders, upper back, and neck. This can lead to fatigue and pain.
- When sitting, make sure to have low back support for reinforcement of the lumbar spine. Not only will this help take pressure off the lower back, but also helps to align the pelvis and spine. Be sure to avoid slouching forward as that disrupts our natural spinal curves.
- Symmetry is another sign of good posture. Remind yourself to check if you are balanced and level from side to side. Shoulders and hips should be level and muscles of the back should be equally developed on each side.
Keep these simple tips in mind and you’ll be well on your way to great posture!
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Author: Dr. Elysse Pilon, B.A. Kin (Hons), D.C., C.Ac
Chiropractor | Acupuncture Provider | Paediatrics | Custom Orthotics
Please note that this is for educational purposes only and not intended as specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns make sure to consult one of our knowledgeable health practitioners at Lawrence Park Health Clinic.