If you are already a patient here at Shields Chiropractic, you’ve probably heard us emphasize the importance of maintaining proper posture. Whether you are sitting, standing, walking, or even laying down, practicing great posture helps to position the body so the least amount of strain possible is put on the ligaments and muscles.
Proper posture also helps the bones and joints to be in proper alignment, which reduces the wear and tear put on join surfaces. It also prevents muscle strain and back pain and reduces the stress put on ligaments, which allows muscles to work as they should. When you practice proper posture, you ultimately reduce the risk of injury and back pain.
Stand With Proper Posture
Most people now know how detrimental sitting all day can be for our health. it is important to take regular stretch breaks throughout the day if you spend the majority of your time working at a desk. But what about those that have the opposite problem? Here are our tips for people that spend most of the day standing.
Proper standing postures starts by keeping the majority of your weight on the balls of your feet
Stand with your feet about shoulder width-apart and your knees slightly bent
Allow your arms to hang loose and naturally at your sides
Stand up straight and tall with your shoulders pulled slightly back, your neck long, and your chin lifted slightly
Maintain an engaged core
Make sure you hold your head head level with your earlobes and in line with your shoulders. Try to avoid pushing your head forward, sideways, or backward,
If you must stand for an extended period of time, shift your weight from your toes to your heels and from one foot to the other
You also want to be sure to give your legs and feet a rest and just have a seat! For more information on the importance of proper posture, just ask during your next appointment. Click here to request an appointment and we will be happy to share more tips and proper posture exercises!