We hear posture mentioned quite a lot but what does it actually mean? Back in the old days, it used to be walking with a straight back, head held high, conjuring visions of strolling around with books on our heads to stay balanced.
While this may sound funny, posture is something that I’m pretty concerned about as an Ealing chiropractor. It’s actually something we pay far too little attention to in our modern world. We hunch over desks at work, slump onto our sofas when we get back home, and sit badly for long periods of time in cars, whether driving or as a passenger.
The truth is that bad posture develops over time for most people and it can have a direct impact on our bodies and our sense of health and wellbeing.
What is Good Posture?
This can be a little difficult to define but let’s look at the simple act of sitting in a chair as an example.
A good posture would be to have your chin tucked in slightly, with your shoulders relaxed, down and slightly back. Your spine will curve a little at the lower back and your legs will be at right angles to your pelvis. This supports your body properly and doesn’t put pressure on your spine or joints. A bad posture would mean your chin juts out, your shoulders hunch over and your spine forms a c-shape.
Paying attention to your posture whether you are sitting, standing or lying down is important but not always easy. It’s pretty simple to get into bad habits such as slouching or putting more of our weight on one side of the body than the other when we’re standing.
Why is Posture Important?
A little bad posture now and again probably isn’t going to cause you too many issues. But if you are consistently stooped over or putting pressure on your spine, particularly your lower back, you are likely to develop problems over time.
A good posture means that your body moves more efficiently and use less energy. You breath better and generally feel more awake and alive. Good posture also reduces the risk of developing a conditions such as lower back pain or neck pain.
Posture Issues to Look Out For
One common problem we see at our Ealing chiropractor clinic is round shoulders. If you check yourself in the mirror, you may see that your shoulders slope forward. It’s a condition that is typically caused by poor posture habits as well as bad exercise choices. Fortunately, it’s a problem that can be easily rectified with a few exercises that improve the muscles in this area.
Even cradling our mobile phones in the crook of our necks can cause issues when it comes to posture. If you’ve ever had a sore neck after taking a phone call while typing on your desktop or laptop, you’ll know what we mean. Try to avoid doing this and hold you phone properly.
Many of the back and neck problems that we see at our Ealing chiropractor clinic stem initially from poor posture. That’s understandable in an area of the city where people work in offices and lead hectic and busy lives. It’s pretty easy to forget about your own personal health and get into bad habits when you’re focused on your job, getting the kids to school in the morning or out with friends.
Contact Your Ealing Chiropractor
If you have concerns about your posture and any back or neck issues and want to improve things, you might want to pay a visit to our The Spine & Joint Centre – our chiropractor clinic in Ealing. We’ll be able to assess your condition and put in place practical solutions that not only improve your posture but your sense of wellbeing and back health.