The Importance of Good PostureThe Importance of Good Posture
When thinking of posture, it may conjure up images of Victorian girls balancing stacks of books on their heads as they walk. But proper posture is about more than looks and being graceful. Good posture is vital for your spine health, balance, and extremities. In fact, bad posture habits and ergonomics can lead to pinched nerves, a disrupted gait, and even repetitive use injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.
But when do you need to pay attention to posture? And what constitutes “good” posture? We’ll give you some tips here, but remember that your chiropractor is an invaluable font of information on posture, ergonomics, and body mechanics.
Posture is more than walking with your shoulders back and chin up. Good posture applies to all body positions – standing, walking, running, sitting, and even sleeping. Many of us hold office jobs these days, meaning we spend long hours seated in front of a computer monitor. As we are in this position the majority of the day, we need to observe good posture when seated.
One of the best ways of accomplishing this is by consulting with your chiropractor. They can give you tips on good office chairs, keeping your hands and wrists in a neutral position, and holding your shoulders back. If necessary, they can even provide you with a back brace or other helpful device.
Another important tip is to remember to change position. Whatever your job, you should not stay in the same position too long. Every 30 minutes or so, stand up for about five minutes. Walk around, stretch, move your limbs. This movement prevents stiffness and cramps, promotes good blood flow, and can help you avoid long-term injuries.
An intense workout is good for your health, but improper workout posture can be a source of injury. This statement is true for everything from basic stretching to weight lifting. Again, your chiropractor can certainly help by advising you on proper exercise technique, but you may also consider another source.
A personal trainer can be money well spent. Not only will they encourage and motivate you in your exercise and nutrition efforts, but a professional personal trainer will ensure that you are performing your workout correctly and avoiding the potential for injury. Of course, if you lift weights, you will also always have your own private spotter.
Remember, your chiropractor does more than just treat back pain and sore muscles. They are also a way of preventing injuries. Utilize this resource and get tips on good posture from your chiropractor at your next visit.