Developing and maintaining good posture is a great way to protect the health of your spine. It will strengthen your spine’s supporting muscles and prevent excessive strain on your back’s ligaments, tendons, and intervertebral discs.
However, developing good posture is not easy. It requires a series of lifestyle changes and the creation of new habits. This can be difficult if you have had a sedentary lifestyle for many years.
Visiting our chiropractors in Ealing is one of the best ways to get started on your journey to better posture. They can provide you advice, exercises, lifestyle changes, and chiropractic treatments which lead to long-term postural improvements.
To help you get started, this guide will share 7 things to avoid if you want better posture. If you would like to make an appointment with one of our chiropractor in Ealing, give us a call on 020 8900 9004.
Things To Avoid For Better Posture
#1 – Avoid Prolonged Sitting As Much As Possible
Excessive sitting is one of the most common causes of poor posture. Whenever you sit for long periods, the muscles which support your posture are not in use. As a result, they become weaker over time and it becomes more difficult to maintain your posture. Stand up and move about every 30 minutes to reduce the impact of sitting.
#2 – Be Careful On The Commute
If you drive for a living or have a long commute and spend a lot of time in the car, you will need to be mindful of your posture. Long periods of time in the driver’s seat can weaken supporting muscles and increase the risk of certain postural issues. Break up your journeys if possible and learn some stretches to help.
#3 – Be Mindful Of Your Exercise Routines
Sporting injuries are a common reason why people seek out chiropractic care. Many of these injuries occur because of a failure to warm up, so make sure you include some aerobic exercises and stretches at the start of your session. Exercising with poor form can also cause injuries and strains to your body, which impact your posture.
#4 – Limit Screen Time
Many of the patients visiting our chiropractic clinic in Ealing are suffering from ‘text neck’. It is a postural disorder that can occur as a result of spending too many hours staring down at a phone, laptop, or tablet.
Remaining in this position for a long time can weaken certain muscles in the neck and place excessive strain on others. This can eventually lead to forward head posture, where the neck becomes slanted and the head begins to jut out in front of the body.
Avoid this issue by:
- Limiting screen time to short stretches of time
- Stretching your shoulders and neck
- Positioning your devices at a higher height, so you aren’t always looking down
- Walking or standing when using your device
#5 – Don’t Be A Couch Potato
Spending hours slouched on a couch watching television can be very detrimental to your posture over time. Be mindful of how you are sitting and stand up to stretch every now and then.
#6 – Carry With Care
Another common reason for people seeking out chiropractic treatment is postural disorders relating to carrying items. One example would be sloped shoulders in children, which can be caused by carrying over loaded school backpacks. Adults can also run into postural issues if they carry objects on one side all of the time or carry very heavy objects improperly.
#7 – Take Care Of Your Feet
Shoes that are uncomfortable or poorly fitted can impact your posture in several ways. They can force your hips forward, interfere with your stride, and put strain on your lower back. Be particularly careful about spending time in his heels as it can be particularly damaging to posture.
Concerned about your posture?
You may be suffering pain due to poor posture or may be aware that you have poor posture. If either of these applies to you, our chiropractors at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing are here to help.
To book an appointment with one of our chiropractic team , call our clinic on 020 8900 9004.