Proper posture is an important part of your overall well-being. When the curves of the spine are in proper alignment, your weight is supported by the bones and less stress is placed on the surrounding joints, ligaments and muscles. Typical posture deviations that can lead to pain and injury include forward head, rounded shoulders, rounded back, and arms rotated in, with thumbs point towards body when hanging down instead of forward.
- Helps keep bones and joints in correct alignment, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that lead to arthritis and joint pain
- Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury
- Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue
- Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain
It’s Up To You
- Pay attention to your posture and body alignment in everyday situations, at home and at work.
- Take frequent breaks to stretch and move your body in different ways.
- Don’t slouch. Hold your head straight and tuck in your chin. Your ears should be over the middle of your shoulders.
- Stand and sit with your shoulders back and down, and belly tucked in.
- When sitting, keep your feet on the floor and do not cross your legs.
- Beware of ‘Text Neck’. When you tilt your head down to check messages it strains your spine. Lift the device up and move your eyes, not your head.
- Stay active and maintain a healthy weight.
- Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
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