Having a robust and healthy spine is essential to overall body health. Slouching when you stand, sit or walk, can cause muscle strain and improper joint loading, and these bad postures will eventually lead to back pain.
Your spine should only curve in three distinct places, and practicing good posture helps to maintain that these curves only occur in their proper places. Bad posture, on the other hand, encourages unwanted curving and will cause stress to the muscles over time, by continually pulling on them and causing pain.
Implementing good posture into your daily life will help your body maintain correct alignment. Something as simple as standing up straight can alleviate an abundance of common problems, like neck and back pain. Patients that display symptoms from poor posture are taught how to correct this behavior to alleviate pain. Below are some good posture tips for sitting and standing.
Correct Standing Posture:
- Stand up straight
- Shoulders back
- Feet shoulder-width apart
- Never lock your knees.
- Weight on the balls of your feet
- Hands hanging naturally at your sides
Correct Sitting Posture:
- Feet should rest flat on the floor or a footrest
- Thighs should be parallel to the ground
- Do not cross your legs
- Ankles should be in front of your knees
- A small gap between should be kept between the back of your knees and the front of your seat
- Place a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back
- Upper back and neck should be straight
- Shoulders relaxed
Practicing good posture may feel unnatural at first, but eventually, the sensation should feel normal. The point is to consistently and continually practice good posture to repair and maintain spine health.
If you believe your back pain is a direct result of poor posture, then you may want to consider the possibility of chiropractic treatment.
Arrowhead Clinic has expert Chiropractors and Medical Doctors who specialize in back pain. They will determine the cause of your back pain and establish if it is affected by your poor posture. This examination process will help the doctors understand where your pain is stemming from and then create a specialized treatment plan.
If you would like to talk with a chiropractor about your back pain, call Arrowhead Clinic today, or click on the link below! We offer a Free Consultation with our expert Chiropractors in Georgia or Tennessee to evaluate your pain and create a specialized treatment plan for you.