One of the questions we get asked a lot at our Ealing chiropractor clinic is about how important posture is. In today’s modern world, where many of us have sedentary office jobs, it’s even more important.
What is Posture?
Posture is fairly simple – it’s how we hold ourselves when we walk, sit or lie down. In an ideal world, it’s the correct alignment of the spine, neck, body and head. Several factors are involved in good posture but the most important are the muscles, hamstrings and ligaments.
Good posture has a number of important benefits. Not only does it help keep our bones and joints in the correct alignment, it allows our bodies to work more efficiently and will reduce the possibility of injury.
It’s pretty easy, unfortunately, to develop a poor posture. If you’re hunched over a desk and computer all day, it’s easy to see how your shoulders might slope over. If you’re sat in the same place for hours on end it can certainly lead to bad habits. Leaning forward a lot can put pressure on your postural muscles and increase the likelihood of a back injury.
Tips for Creating a Good Posture
Even if you currently have bad posture, there’s something that you can do about it. The first is being aware of your posture in the first place. It’s slightly more complex than simply drawing back your shoulders and standing tall, though this is important.
Here are a few tips for maintaining good posture during the day:
- Especially when you are sitting, think about your posture. If you find yourself slouching or hunching over, adjust your position. Don’t sit for prolonged periods but get up and stretch and move about at regular intervals.
- Make sure you have a suitable chair and one where you can adjust your height. Your knees should bend at a 90° You should also avoid crossing your legs while you are sitting.
- When standing, keep your weight on the balls of your feet as much as possible. Ideally you should have your feet shoulder width apart and have your knees slightly bent. If you’re standing in a queue, check your posture – you’ll quickly realise how easy it is to get into bad habits.
- When you are carrying things like shopping, make sure that you distribute weight evenly. If you are lifting objects, bend at the knees and keep your back straight.
- For those who drive regularly, making sure the car seat is correctly positioned is important. Ensure that you don’t have to reach for the pedals and that your back is held tall and straight. If you have issues with your lower back, a lumbar pillow can make a big difference to your comfort, especially on a long journey. Don’t forget to stop regularly and get out and stretch yourself too.
Can Your Ealing Chiropractor Help With Posture
The short answer is yes. Regular visits to a chiropractor can certainly assist with maintaining a good posture and help prevent future injuries. At our Ealing chiropractic, we’ll begin by assessing your problem and then treating the cause of your poor posture.
You will also get plenty of advice on how to improve and maintain a good posture whether at work or at home. There are certain exercises that you can do to improve the muscles where poor posture is evident.
Our chiropractor can help advise you about exercises that you can do to improve your posture. In addition the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has developed a simple 3 minute exercise programme that is specifically designed to improve posture. It’s called Straighten Up UK and the video below steps you though the programme. You should discuss these exercises with your GP, chiropractor or other health care practitioner to make sure they are right for you.
If you are concerned about your posture or have a back problem that you think may be caused by poor posture, contact our clinic today to find out how we can help. The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing is here to help you.