Our spine is an amazing thing; it’s what holds everything together! So it is important we take care of it.
The key to a healthy spine and, therefore, a healthy you, is your Posture.
Your posture directly affects the health of your spine and nervous system and ranks at the top of the list when it comes to good health.
It is as important as exercising, eating right and getting a good nights sleep. Poor posture has been linked to higher levels of Cortisol, sometimes known as the stress hormone. Too much cortisol can cause high blood pressure, digestive problems and lower your immune system making you more susceptible to ill health and disease.
Here are some great ways to improve your posture!
1.Awareness: One of the best things you can do to start improving your posture is being mindful of how you are standing and sitting. Many of us have bad posture habits like slouching or crossing our legs when we sit, that are difficult to break. As they say, the first step is recognising the problem, so be aware of what your bad habits are and when you notice yourself slipping back into them, correct yourself right away!
2. Technology: A new trend has emerged in the last few years of head forward posture, which puts added strain on the neck called “Text Neck”. This is due to prolonged used of smartphones and other handheld technology. Many people don’t realise that they drop their heads to look at the screen, slumping their shoulder forward in the process. Try holding your phone or tablet up higher to reduce strain on the neck.
3. Stretches “A man is only as old as his spine” and your spine’s flexibility is paramount to your posture. Take a few minutes each day to stretch your shoulders, neck and back. You will find, over time, that it is easier to roll your shoulders back and stand up straight.
4.Use the Door: Not sure if you’re standing up straight? Try standing with your back against a door or wall. Push your head and shoulders back so you are as flat against the wall as you can be. Then, step away and try to hold that posture.
5.Work Space: We spend a lot of time at work, often seated in front of a computer, so it’s important that our work space is conducive to good posture. Choose a supportive chair or find a back support for your current chair. Make sure that your computer screen is at eye level so you’re not slouching or bending your neck to see it. Look for an ergonomic mouse and keyboard for added support. We are here to help you, please ask at your next visit for our information sheet on how to sit correctly at your desk.
6.Accessorise Wisely: A simple change that can do wonders for your posture is being aware of how much weight you are carrying each day. Large shoulder bags and sitting on wallets in your back pocket can cause your spine to compensate abnormally. Simply putting your wallet in your front pocket, or carrying your handbag down at your side, or even better, using a rucksack that sits on both shoulders can make a huge difference!
7.Exercise: It’s great to be able to stand and sit with good posture, but you need to be able to maintain it as you move as well. Walking, running, cycling, or whatever activity you do, try to maintain good postural habits and you’ll be surprised by how quickly it becomes natural for you.
8.Eat Well & Hydrate: Your posture can have an affect on the overall health of your body. Giving your body the nutrients it requires keeps it functioning optimally is important for the strength of your muscles that protect your spine. Staying hydrated and eating well ensures your body has the fuel it needs!
9.Chiropractic Care: At Beaumont Street Chiropractic Clinic, we are very passionate about your spinal health. On your first visit, we will assess your posture and recommend an individual program of care specifically suited to your needs. We are here to help you achieve your health goals.