How Poor Posture Happens
Poor posture is easy, whereas adapting habits of good posture often requires conscious effort. Most people do not think about their posture until someone brings it to their attention, such as pain & discomfort. The benefits of good posture far outweigh poor posture.
You could say that poor posture habits have followed trends in society. Children carry heavy backpacks, and many people spend hours hunched over a computer screen at work or at home. Poor posture is not only a bad habit, but it can lead to back pain,neck pain, headaches and disc problems.
Change takes willpower. However, the rewards of good posture are well worth the effort. You will feel great, and you will look taller and appear more confident!
What Does Good Posture Look Like?
Good posture looks something like this: The ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles align in a straight line. If you hung an imaginary plumb line from the earlobe, the line would hang straight through the middle of the anklebone.
Good posture means there is musculoskeletal balance. This balance helps to protect the joints in the spine from excessive stress. Good posture also guards against injury and possible deformity, and it can even help prevent back pain and neck pain.
Starting Your Day
Purses, Backpacks, and Briefcases
Carry only the essential items that are required for your day.
Avoid wearing a heavy purse or bag over one shoulder. This can place too much weight on one side of the body and can cause neck, shoulder, and back pain. Instead, use a bag or briefcase with a single strap, make sure the strap is padded and wide. Chiropractors suggests wearing a strap that is long enough to place over the head resting on the opposite side of the bag or briefcase. This can help to distribute the weight more evenly.
Some children carry almost as much weight in their backpack as they weigh! A heavy backpack should not exceed 15% of your body’s weight and certainly never more than 11 kilograms!
Five simple tips for wearing a backpack:
Posture-friendly Tips for Working at Your Desk
Going to Sleep
A firm mattress will help keep your spine aligned! However, a few other tips to maintain great posture during sleep include: