In our often busy lives, it can be hard to remember that our health and wellbeing should take priority. This can include getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising and maintaining proper posture.
Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting or lying down. When your posture is poor this can increase pressure on your spine and contribute to tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and fatigue.
If you’re having trouble remembering to keep track of your spinal health, just try to remember the four Ps of posture!
Preparing your environment to be spine friendly can help make it easier to implement positive habits. If you work in an office and have a height adjustable desk, try alternating frequently between standing and sitting. Take a moment to assess your office desk. Are there any elements that are putting stress or strain on your body? Keep the mouse and telephone within easy reach so you don’t have to stretch to reach them.
The position you hold your spine is key to spinal health. Pay attention to the way you sit to avoid hunching or slouching. When sitting, sit back in your seat and make sure your spine is well-supported by the chair. Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips and keep your feet flat on the floor. If you are in an environment where you are constantly standing, make sure to stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward and your stomach tucked in.
Practising proper posture is key to building good spinal habits and implementing these into your everyday activity. Implementing good spinal health habits including correct sitting, will take time but practising everyday will help your body remember the correct positions.
The Straighten Up app, developed by the Australian Chiropractors Association, is your pocket chiropractor, with a 3-minute stretching program designed to help you maintain your spinal health anytime, anywhere. You can even set yourself reminders to sit right, drink water and take stretching breaks.
If you would like more advice and assistance on improving your posture, visit your local ACA chiropractor who can help you build positive spinal health habits today!