So what is posture? 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 spine 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. We can advise you on the ergonomic setup of your office.
The position in which you hold your spine is important to your spinal 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 the chair. 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 pulled back and your stomach tucked.
Practising good posture regularly will help to build a good habit – similar to your form while exercising. Good posture can be implemented into our everyday activities. By practising sitting and standing correctly, your body will begin to normalise good form.
Get involved in a regular exercise and stretching program. Check out the ACA Stretching App or chat to Aidan about daily stretches and exercises.
Don’t forget to make your health and wellbeing a priority. Eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting enough sleep and maintaining proper posture are fundamental to our health, despite how busy life can be.
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