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20 Tips for Good Posture

Why is Good Posture so Important?

Good posture is about much more than standing up straight - it’s a critical part of your long-term health and wellness. Correct posture helps us keep our bones and joints in alignment, reduces stress on ligaments, allows our muscles to work more efficiently, and helps prevent pain, overuse, and abnormal strain on your muscles.

When you hold your body up in the proper way, you’re protecting yourself from a variety of health problems, including:

  • Misaligned musculoskeletal system

  • Making your spine more fragile and prone to injury

  • More strain to breathe

  • Neck, shoulder and back pain

  • Decreased flexibility

  • Poor mobility in joints

  • Increased risk of falling and poor balance

  • Difficulty digesting food

When you consider that we’re deep into winter, many of us are spending even more time sitting and slouching than usual. Not to mention we often compromise our posture when we sit at desks, look at computers, and glance down at our smartphones.

But before we dive into some tips and tricks that can help you improve your posture, bear with us while we ask what might seem like a dumb question: what is posture?

Plain and simple, posture is how we hold our bodies. But there are two types we should consider:

  • Dynamic Posture - how you hold yourself while you’re moving (i.e. walking, running, bending over, etc.)

  • Static Posture - how you hold yourself while you’re not moving (i.e. sitting, standing, sleeping, etc.)

20 Tips for Improving Your Posture

To prevent injury and improve your spine’s longevity, here are a few simple tips that can improve your posture and be incorporated into your everyday routine:

  1. Be mindful of your posture during dynamic and static activities

  2. Stay active

  3. Wear comfortable shoes with a low heel

  4. Place your work surface at a comfortable height

  5. Switch sitting positions

  6. Stretch your muscles often to relieve tension

  7. Don’t cross your legs

  8. Take short walks throughout the day

  9. Keep both feet on the floor with your ankles in front of your knees

  10. Relax your shoulders down away from your ears

  11. Keep your elbows close to your body (between 90 and 120 degrees)

  12. Make sure that your back, hips, and thighs are fully supported

  13. Don’t lock your knees

  14. Engage your core to make sure that you’re standing up straight

  15. Keep your shoulders back

  16. Put the majority of your weight on the balls of your feet

  17. Keep your head level (i.e. avoid tilting forward, backward, up, or down for extended periods of time)

  18. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart

  19. Allow your arms to hang naturally at your sides

  20. When sitting in a chair, make sure the backrest is supporting your low- and mid-back

If you find that you are experiencing chronic pain and complications in your back, neck, and shoulders, consider making an appointment with our team at Tribe Family Chiropractic.

Many people find that both their posture and ability to maintain good posture over long periods of time improves after a chiropractic adjustment. Contact us today to learn more!

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