How Posture Can Affect Your Back Health
Your posture can have lasting effects on your overall back health. Most people sit in an office chair for about eight hours each day, but few people have correct posture. If you find yourself hunched over in your chair looking at the computer screen, you are putting your spine health at risk. A few hours here and there may not seem like a big deal, but pay attention to how often you sit like that over the span of a week or a month. Over time, you could experience issues with your muscles, joints and discs. Before it gets to that point, start practicing good posture habits a little bit each day until it feels normal.
Always Have Support
You can’t help it if you’re forced to sit at a computer desk all day. However, you can take action to ensure your posture is as good as possible. Consider putting a pillow at the back of your chair to remind yourself to lean back. Also, you may want to consider using a footrest to ensure your feet remain flat throughout the day, especially if you can’t reach the floor.
It’s amazing what just a few seconds of lower back stretches periodically will do for your back health. Standing up and walking around or bending over and touching your toes to stretch your hamstring muscles will help your back. The worst thing you can do when it comes to your spine health is stay in one position all day long. Eventually, you will start to feel pain to the point where it won’t go away when you change positions.
Practice Proper Lifting
If you have to lift heavy objects on a regular basis, be sure to use proper form to prevent long-term injury. The key to having good posture while lifting is to not utilize your back muscles as the primary lifters. Instead, focus on lifting with your hips and legs. Keep your chest out as much as possible to help maintain a straight back.
For more tips on how to maintain a better posture throughout the day, contact us. We can also help you with spine care if you’ve experienced back pain for any amount of time. Sometimes correcting your posture is all you need to do, but it’s always best to check with a professional if your back pain is persistent.