While poor posture can come from bone disorders or unhealthy lifestyle, it can also be source of inappropriate stance in a regular basis. It is important to get the right posture to prevent bodily pain. And besides, embodying the right posture actually brings out good appearance.
Correct posture gives the body the right blood flow and even distribution of weight. According to musculoskeletal doctors, when the bones and joints are correctly aligned with the ligaments and muscles, activities can be done easily without exerting too much effort. This prevents the tension and injury that our body receives during strenuous physical activities.
Our postures consist of proper sitting, standing and sleeping. These are daily activities that most people are unfortunately taking for granted that causes injuries and body pains. Prevention is better than cure as they say, so here are simple ways on how to improve our posture.
Always remember to maintain the double C or S curve on your back. You can do this by leaning your head slightly forward for the first curve. The second curve that you need to maintain is the base of the spine. Make sure that your hips, shoulders and ears are aligned properly. Relax and avoid feeling unnatural. If this posture gives pain, immediately stop for you might doing the stance incorrectly.
On the other hand, avoid putting your weight in on foot. Always distribute it evenly on both of your feet to avoid knee injuries.
Working on your desk the whole day can bring back pain. When this happens, it an evident sign that you are sitting incorrectly. Similar to standing, it’s still essential to keep the curve in your lower back. Maximize the use of backrest and armrest to prevent spasms on arms and shoulders.
Keep your feet flat on the floor and avoid crossing your legs. Make sure that your knees have the same level or a little lower than your hips. In addition, avoid sitting for too long. Stand and stretch your body every hour to avoid muscle cramps and pain.
There are positions that we are comfortable when it comes to sleeping. While some people sleeps at their side and at their stomach, this is actually dangerous since it can misalign the spine and brings pressure to the stomach.
On the other hand, make sure that your mattress is comfortable being not too firm and not too mushy. Use pillows that have enough comfort and thickness. Sleep on a position that maintains the curve in your back. You can use lumbar roll or rolled towel on your lower back and or on your knees and slightly bent.
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