Believe it or not, a vast majority of the population suffer from some sort of discomfort on a daily basis as a result of bad posture. You see, your spine is literally the backbone of your whole body, and any slight misalignment can cause a whole host of other problems. In addition, the constant pressure from possessing an incorrect posture can cause your spine to deteriorate.
Problems from spinal issues may vary, but they include things such as your neck, hips, legs, head, and much more. So, if you want to improve your spinal health and posture to enhance your overall health, then check out the following tips.
Make a concerted effort to straighten your posture
Nowadays, most jobs involve sitting for hours-on-end at a desk, so naturally those people will have a worse posture. But, it’s not just desk jobs which cause bad postures. If you want to avoid it becoming a habit and affecting your health, you need to focus on walking, sitting and standing with a straight back.
Visit a physical therapist
A physical therapist, such as a chiropractor or physiotherapist, specialise in the identification and management of postural issues. The main difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist is that chiropractors, such as The Back Clinic, look to the relationship between the functioning of your spine (and nervous system) and your overall health. Physiotherapists work more with muscular problems and how these problems may impact your movement.
Take part in regular exercise
Another aspect of staying healthy is taking part in regular exercise. This not only can improve your posture, and subsequently your spinal health, but it will help with your respiratory system, and your cardiovascular capacity. Although, to avoid spinal injury, you need to always ensure that you warm up thoroughly.
Don’t spend long periods on your mobile phone
You may be thinking – ‘how does mobile phone usage relate to spinal health and posture?’ Well, looking down constantly to see your phone puts a lot of pressure on your neck and spine. In fact, there’s even a syndrome associated with this – ‘Text Neck’. Therefore, if you want to avoid awful headaches, stiff neck and back pain, take breaks from your mobile phone.
Learn the correct technique to carry heavy objects
If you carry heavy objects on a regular basis, or just once in a while, you need to learn the correct technique to evade any severe back injuries. If you’re unsure of what technique to adopt, then you need to bend your knees, keep your back straight, and lift with both hands as you extend your knees.
Strengthen your core muscles
If you’re struggling to keep your posture upright, and often find yourself walking, standing or sitting in a slouched position because it feels more comfortable, then it may be due to weak core muscles. To combat this, you can condition your core muscles so that they’re strong enough to support and protect your spine.
What are common posture problems?
There are many different types of posture problems. We have already touched on text neck and office posture. Other bad postures to watch for include sway back posture, hunch back posture, scoliosis (unnatural twisting of the spine) and lopsided shoulders or hips. If you take a look at your reflection in a mirror, look to see if your shoulders are in alignment, left to right. Also look at the height of your hips.
Now turn side on and take a selfie from the side. Does your head extend forward in front of your shoulders? A good indicator is to draw an imaginary line from your ears down to your shoulders. Good posture has your ears (meaning your head carriage) positioned directly above the middle of your shoulders. Likewise, your hips should sit directly under your shoulders.
If you observe any of these potentially problematic postures, consider speaking with your local health practitioner.
Sleep in the best possible position
You may think that a good posture only applies to daytime activities, but in actual fact, it also applies to your sleep. Considering humans spend a large portion of their lives asleep, it makes sense to get into the habit of sleeping in a healthy position for your spine. This also involves the pillows that you use, because if your spine or neck aren’t in a great position, it’ll lead to painful symptoms.