Incorrect Posture at Work and Home can Lead to Back Pain
Poor or incorrect posture is one of the leading causes of persistent lower back pain in the United States. The irony in this statistic is a person’s posture is completely within their control, in most cases. It is understandably difficult to always focus on your posture when you’re at home or work, since you may have many things to do at one time. This is usually when injuries occur, so establishing good habits can make correct posture the norm. Here are some tips to improve your spine health by focusing on correcting your posture at home and on the job.
Focus On Your Sitting Posture
People who have office jobs and sit at a desk all day often don’t use proper sitting posture. What’s comfortable for you at first may not actually be the best in terms of what’s good for your back. But once you get used to the right sitting arrangement, it will feel normal. Your feet should always be flat on the floor with your back against the back of the chair. If you’re hunching over to see your computer screen, then you may need to modify your workstation to make it easier to access. Having poor posture over an extended period of time while sitting is a perfect recipe for developing persistent lower back pain.
Proper Techniques For Extended Standing
Good standing posture means your head is kept directly over your shoulders, your abdominal muscles are tightened and your feet are spread apart slightly from one another. Think about this the next time you’re standing at home or at work. Chances are your comfortable posture isn’t the correct one, so make adjustments as needed. Also, if you have to stand for an extended amount of time on a regular basis, be sure to wear shoes with a significant amount of support and have an object nearby you can prop your foot on occasionally. This will reduce some of the pressure placed on your back and go a long way in maintaining good spine health.
Be Conscious of Your Movements
Whether at home or on the job, always be conscious of the movements you make. You could be raking leaves at home, lifting a heavy object at work or anything in between and hurt your back with an improper movement. Your posture when taking these actions is critical to prevent an injury. And depending on the type of injury you experience, it could turn into persistent lower back pain you don’t want to deal with on a daily basis. Always lift with your legs (bend at your knees) and avoid quick twisting motions to protect your spine health as much as possible.
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