Most Chiropractors will advise you that good posture is the key to preventing back pain. These days we all lead busy lifestyles, but often without the regular exercise that was part of life before labour-saving machines!
You can help to reduce the risk of back pain by following a few simple guidelines which can improve your posture and easily be incorporated into your life.
First of all, it is important to know what the ideal posture is, so imagine a line which runs through your ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle.
Very often you will find that your head is in front of this line, as you straighten try not to tilt your head back, but instead tuck in your chin. Try and stand relaxed but gently contracting your abdominal muscles.
When sitting the same is true, the gravity line should pass through the ear, shoulder and hip.
Do you feel you are taller?
Does your tummy look flatter?
The benefit of good posture is more than simply avoiding back pain. You look better too.
Try the following recommendations for maintaining and improving your posture:
Overall, your back is most at risk when either embarking on an unaccustomed burst of activity or during a mundane activity where you pay less attention to your posture.
Regular exercise and awareness is the key to maintaining a healthy back – just keep thinking of that straight line! (And the flatter tummy.)
Bridport Chiropractic Centre