Tips To Improve Your Posture

Orthopedic CareWhen you think back to how many times you’ve heard “Sit up straight!” from an adult, you probably weren’t considering how your posture affected your orthopedic care. The fact is that bad posture does a lot of negative things to your joints, bones and muscles. Here’s how you can easily achieve better posture.

Yoga

The focus on building core strength as you practice yoga is very good for your balance, coordination and posture. The poses you learn will teach you the proper body positioning and help you stand, sit and walk with the correct spinal alignment.

Workspace

A major posture offender is a poorly situated workspace. If your desk is too high or low, or your chair is uncomfortable, you may be slouching to compensate. Ensure that you can place your feet squarely on the floor, using a footrest if necessary. Avoid crossing your legs. If your chair does not have built-in lumbar support, you may wish to place a small pillow or a lumbar cushion behind you to help. Making sure that your workspace promotes good posture will reduce your fatigue while also preventing orthopedic care issues. You may even try an exercise ball rather than a chair to force yourself to sit up straight.

Practice

While it may feel odd at first, practicing sitting, standing and walking with good posture will help make holding the correct positions more natural and comfortable. Try standing with your back up against a wall and allow your shoulder blades, buttocks and the back of your head to touch the wall. Focus on how this position feels and try to maintain it while you stand elsewhere. Another easy way to remember how to stand and sit is to picture a wire strung from the top of your head to the ceiling, pulling you up. Be as tall as possible to keep the wire short and straight.

For other ways to develop good posture, talk to your orthopedic care professional. You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel when you support the proper alignment of your body!

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