The quick answer is yes. The reality for many is that it will take consistent work over a period of
time, bit the dividends are worth it! Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting and lying down. Poor
position increases pressure on the spine and can cause tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and
fatigue. The Australian Chiropractic Association suggests the four P’s of posture to keep your spinal
health on track.
Prepare your environment to be posture friendly. If you have a height adjustable desk at work, be
sure to alternate between standing and sitting. Assess your office desk. Are there elements putting
stress or strain on your body? Keep the phone and mouse within easy reach.
The position in which you hold your body is key to spinal and musculoskeletal health. Pay attention
to how you sit, try not to slouch or hunch. When sitting in a seat, make sure your spine is well
supported by your core and stabilising muscles. A good chair is important, but it is always better to
sit “actively”. Distribute your weight evenly on both hips and keep your feet flat on the floor. If you
stand a lot for work, make sure you stand up straight and tall with your shoulders square, chest up,
and your stomach tucked. We can advise if you need a bit of help or further explanation.
Practising good posture regularly, it is key to building good habits. Good posture can be
implemented into our everyday activities. By practising sitting and standing correctly often, your
body will remember the correct positions.
Important: Move well and often! Get involved in a regular exercise and stretching program. Check
out the ACA Stretching App or chat to our chiropractors.
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