Posture may not even come to mind when the average person thinks about health in general. However, poor posture can have major effects throughout the body and result in everything from breathing difficulties to chronic neck and back pain. Thus, posture needs to be given attention whether one is sitting or standing.
Since poor posture is an easy habit to get into and a tough habit to break, we need to discuss the proper way to sit or stand. Unfortunately, over time, improper posture may become what feels comfortable to a person, making it even more difficult to break the habit. Therefore, conforming to proper posture needs to be given its due attention on a daily basis.
Desk Jobs and Poor Posture
One thing that has affected the posture of millions in affluent lands is the poor posture that many fall into while sitting at a desk all day for work. We have the head craned forward looking down at monitors and other devices. We keep the keyboard too high. We use chairs that don’t have proper spinal support. We hold a phone between the head and shoulder with the neck kinked. It just promotes bad posture all around. Here are some things an office worker needs to remember for good posture.
- Get up every 45-60 minutes and walk around or stretch.
- Keep monitors at eye level.
- Keep the keyboard where the elbows only bend at a 90-degree angle.
- Get a chair with lumbar support and keep your back against the chair back while sitting.
- Don’t cross your legs. Feet should be flat on the ground. Get a stool if you need your seat higher.
Regaining Control Over Your Posture
Besides just following the advice above while at work, proper stretching and exercise are also vital when it comes to keeping the body strong and flexible. This too is necessary for proper posture. There is one other thing you can do to help your posture; that is to ensure that the top bones of the spine, the C1 and C2, are in proper alignment.
When the top bones of the spine are misaligned, it can throw off everything below them leading to neck and back pain as well as poor posture feeling more natural. You may find that after an atlas adjustment, maintaining proper posture grows easier.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/