How to Correct Your Daily Posture Mistakes
Many of the back aches and pains a person has can be boiled down to having poor posture or body mechanics to some extent. It’s not always convenient or comfortable to have great posture, but it’s something you must be conscious of to prevent sudden injuries or even persistent lower back pain. Whether you sit or stand frequently, walk around a lot or have to lift heavy objects regularly, here are some tips for correcting common posture mistakes.
Proper Sitting Posture
It’s critical to have good sitting posture if you sit at a desk for the majority of the day for your job. This means adjusting your computer monitor so it’s eye-level, raising or lowering your chair so your knees are bent at 90-degree angles with your feet flat on the floor and keeping your shoulders back and relaxed. Slouching, crossing the knees or straining your neck to see the screen can eventually lead to persistent lower back pain.
Correcting Standing Posture Mistakes
A natural standing position is to have your shoulders rounded and your abdomen stuck out slightly. However, this posture can put unnecessary stress on your spine. To avoid having to get a lower back pain treatment, be conscious of your standing posture. Focus on keeping your shoulders behind you slightly with your chin parallel to the ground.
The most proper walking posture is standing straight up, looking forward, relaxing the shoulders and moving your arms alternately with your step. In other words, when the right leg goes forward, the left arms should go out and vice-versa. This is how the normal walking posture is to move your core muscles and maintain balance during ambulation. Doing these things will keep the body in alignment and can help prevent injuries from occurring. If you currently experience back pain, a good lower back pain treatment is going outside and walking to get your muscles moving again. Just be sure to walk with the correct posture to help prevent further injury.
Focus on Proper Lifting Techniques
Many sudden back injuries occur as a result of lifting a heavy object incorrectly. Always bend your knees when lifting rather than using your back muscles. Not only could this lead to a serious injury, but you could experience persistent lower back pain in the long-term as well. Focus on keeping your shoulders back, your abdomen tucked and your chest out when lifting and carrying objects.
DBC Active Spine Care® believes good posture is one of the best ways to prevent back pain from occurring. It’s easy to lose focus on how we sit, stand or move around daily, but it’s critical to do so. Taking small steps to improve your posture and simply being conscious about it can reduce the risk of developing persistent lower back pain. To learn more about how we can help you improve your posture and prevent back pain, feel free to contact us at any time.