Each year, many people living in Ealing and surrounding areas seek out chiropractic treatment to improve their posture. In most cases, they are seeking out treatment because their posture has begun to cause pain or impact their mobility.
The Spine & Joint Centre, our chiropractic clinic in Ealing resolves patient’s postural issues through a combination of chiropractic treatments, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. However, at the end of the day, prevention is always better than a cure.
To help you avoid developing poor posture in the first place, this post will share the five principles of good posture. These simple rules will help you look and feel fantastic in the years to come.
Do you need some help improving your posture? Talk to The Spine & Joint Centre today. We are the leading chiropractor in Ealing and have helped hundreds of clients with their posture. Call us on 020 8900 9004 to make a booking. Continue reading to learn the five principles of good posture.
Good Posture Explained By Our Ealing Chiropractor
Posture is the way that you position your body. There are two types of posture:
- Static posture
How you position your body while stationary, like when you are standing, sitting, or laying down.
- Dynamic posture
How you hold your body when moving and performing tasks like running or walking.
If your body’s joints are aligned in a natural way, you will have “good” posture. When in this position, the head will be aligned with the shoulders and the shoulders will be aligned with the hips. It allows your spine to maintain its natural “S” curve. Your limbs will also be aligned in a way that places the least amount of pressure on the joints and muscles.
“Bad” posture places the body into an unusual position that causes excessive strain on the joints and the muscles. This can eventually lead to joint dysfunction, muscular imbalance, pain, loss of mobility, worsening balance, and several other problems.
Five Simple Rules For Maintaining Good Posture
The following principles make achieving and maintaining good posture much easier.
1 Create an environment that encourages good posture
Start by creating an environment designed to make good posture easier to achieve. Make sure your workspace includes:
- An ergonomic chair that can be adjusted to suit your body
- Easily-accessible tools (so you don’t need to frequently bend or reach up)
- Height-adjustable equipment (monitors/keyboard/machinery etc)
- Sufficient distance between you and any display you are using
- (Optional) a standing desk to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting
This article has a few more tips for improving ergonomics in the workplace. You can also make your home more conducive to good posture by having a well-made couch, getting a high-quality mattress, making your kitchen/laundry ergonomic and so on.
If you notice that your posture suffers after sitting in a particular chair or performing a certain activity — it is usually a good sign that your environment needs to be adjusted. Talk to our Ealing chiropractor to learn more tips for improving your work and home environment.
2 Position yourself correctly
It doesn’t matter how expensive your ergonomic chair is if you are still slouching when sitting in it. You must make an effort to become mindful of your posture and avoid putting your body into unnatural positions.
Make sure your spine is always well supported and that you are distributing your weight evenly across the parts of your body in contact with other objects. If you are sitting, keep your head above your hips and look forward. When standing or walking, stand straight, pull your shoulders back and look forward.
3 Spend time focusing on posture
Every 60 minutes, take a break and spend some time focusing on your posture. Ground your feet, extend your spine, stand/sit tall, and place your body in a natural position. Take note of how good your body feels and continue maintaining good posture for as long as you can. This acts as a kind of ‘posture reset’ which ensures you remain on the right track throughout the day.
4 Program yourself to develop a posture habit
Why not introduce a 3 minute programme into your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth? The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has developed a 3 minute programme which if performed daily is designed to improve posture by promoting balance, strength and flexibility. We’ve included a video here you can follow along to.
You can also use timers and automated reminders to reassess your posture and make adjustments. This will help you get into the habit of maintaining good posture. After a few weeks of regularly reminding yourself to check your posture, it will become a firmly entrenched habit.
5 Seek out chiropractic help
A chiropractor will assess your posture and identify any issues affecting your musculoskeletal system. They can then recommend chiropractic treatments and changes to your lifestyle which will improve your posture.
Do you require chiropractic treatment? Talk to The Spine & Joint Centre today. We are a leading chiropractic clinic in Ealing and have helped hundreds of clients with their posture. Call us on 020 8900 9004 to make a booking.