Everyday activities such as sitting in an office chair, driving, or even sleeping lead many people to unconsciously slump over. Unfortunately, when poor posture becomes a habit, it can seriously damage your spinal structure and cause lasting back pain. Here are some tips to help you improve your posture and avoid spinal damage.
Move Around If you find yourself hunched over your desk, you are not alone. After remaining in the same position for hours at a time, your muscles naturally get tired, making you more likely to slump or slouch. To avoid putting extra pressure on your neck or back, change positions frequently, and try to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour to stretch or stand.
Sit Up Straight Whether you are sitting or standing, distributing your body weight evenly and straightening the spine are important steps in avoiding back pain. If you are in a seated position, sit up straight and align your ears, shoulders, and hips in a single vertical line. If this position becomes tiring, try leaning slightly forward with a straight back.
Use Extra Props If you suffer from back pain but your job requires spending long hours at a desk, consider investing in a supportive ergonomic office chair. You may also want to use footrests, portable lumbar supports, or a small pillow while at work or driving to alleviate tension in your back and effectively manage pain.
Exercise Regularly Did you know that certain exercises actually promote good posture? Walking, swimming, and bicycling will all keep your body in shape and strengthen the muscles in your back, helping you stay strong and ward off injuries.
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