Your posture is vital to how your body looks and feels. Unfortunately, our lifestyles, work environments and habits often put us in a position of developing bad posture.
The quality of your posture can have a huge impact on your health. If your posture is good, you will find it easier to remain active, perform well on the sporting field, and maintain healthy joints.
On the other hand, if your posture is bad, you may experience back pain, impaired breathing, and poor digestion of your food. Poor posture may also make it harder to move about, increase the risk of injury, and cause painful muscle tension.
In this post, our Stoke chiropractor at City Chiropractic Clinic will be sharing the most effective lifestyle adjustments you can make to improve your posture.
Simple Changes Which Will Improve Your Posture
#1 – Spend Less Time In A Chair
Living a sedentary lifestyle will cause some muscles to become tense and others to weaken, which will quickly impact your posture. It can also weaken the connective and supportive tissue within the joints, making injuries more likely.
The solution to excessive sitting is simple — look for opportunities to move about as frequently as possible. Break up sitting sessions with stretches and short bursts of activity.
#2 – Aim For Perfect PC Posture
The more ergonomic your computer setup is, the less likely you are to develop poor posture while using it. This guide provides several excellent tips for positioning your desk, chair, keyboard, and computer screen so your posture is protected.
#3 – Stay Safe While Exercising
Regular exercise is an important part of maintaining good posture. However, exercising in the wrong way can actually worsen your posture or lead to injuries that result in an unplanned trip to a chiropractic clinic.
If you haven’t worked out in a while, ease into it with low to moderate intensity exercises. Take your time and warm up thoroughly before working out.
If you are really pressed for time, just perform a few stretches or go for a quick walk. Be particularly careful when performing exercises you are unfamiliar with as injuries are more likely.
If you are unsure where to start, ask us for exercise advice the next time you visit our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent. We’ll help you find exercises which are suitable for your current fitness levels.
#4 – Be Mindful Of Your Posture When Relaxing
Sitting in front of the television is one of the most relaxing activities you can enjoy after a hard day at work or school. Unfortunately, it is also a common cause of postural issues.
Television watching is problematic because most people tend to slouch while sitting on a couch. This increases the risk of postural problems like forward head posture and sloped shoulders. Do your best to remain mindful of your posture while watching TV and take regular breaks.
#5 – Think About Driving Posture
If you spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat commuting or running errands, you may be damaging your posture. Check that your driver’s seat and steering wheel are set up in an ergonomic position which encourages good posture. Try to develop a relaxed driving position which doesn’t place too much strain on your neck or lower back
#6 – Be Careful When Carrying
Back injuries are one of the most common reasons why people visit our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent. However, the way you carry objects can also affect your posture. If you often carry a heavy satchel or handbag, it may affect your spinal alignment, muscle development and joint health.
If you are forced to carry heavy items, put them in a backpack and carry the weight equally across your hips and shoulders. This will reduce the risk of a heavy bag affecting your posture in unexpected ways.
#7 – Check Your Sleeping Position
Your sleeping position can have a huge impact on the quality of your posture. To make improvements to your posture, your goal should be to maintain a sleeping position which keeps your spine naturally aligned.
If you are a side sleeper, this will mean using a thick pillow and a pillow between your knees. When you wake up, use a few stretches to ‘reset’ your spinal alignment and prepare for the day ahead.
#8 – Get A Good Pair Of Shoes
The quality of your footwear can have a huge impact on your posture. Bad shoes can hurt your feet and legs, forcing you to change your gait and changing how you align your spine. Invest in a great pair of shoes with plenty of cushioning and arch support.
How visiting our Stoke chiropractors can help you regain a great posture
Our chiropractors have spent years helping people regain a great posture.
In addition to neurological and orthopaedic examinations, our chiropractors at City Chiropractic use the latest digital technology to accurately assess your posture. Our chiropractors will simply take 2 photos of you, one from the front and one from the side. These photos are then fed into a computer and just a few moments later, the computer uses some sophisticated maths to accurately evaluate your posture and calculates if any extra pressure is being placed on your spine due to your posture.
Your chiropractor will be in the best position to help you regain a great posture.
If you are looking to improve your posture or are suffering from back pain, our chiropractor at City Chiropractic in Stoke are here to help you. To book an appointment with one of our team, call us on 01782 848 184 or you can book an appointment online on our website here.