The Australian Bureau of statistics estimates that 1.8 million Australians currently suffer from back pain, while nine out of every 10 people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. While back pain has a number of potential causes, poor posture contributes to many cases.
The most common cause of poor posture is spinal misalignment. When the vertebrae are not properly aligned, the result can be pain, numbness, tingling, muscle tightness, and joint swelling.
Poor posture is an increasingly widespread problem. The modern lifestyle, particularly its technology, can lead to increased back and neck pain, and headaches. Using computers, phones, and handheld devices can place your head in an unnatural position, which places increased pressure on the neck and upper back which can lead to pain and early symptoms of arthritis.
There are a number of things that you can do to improve your posture, but a chiropractor can help you correct spinal misalignments and make your efforts more effective.
To improve your overall spine health, follow these eight tips:
- Rearrange your workstation for good ergonomics
If you find that sitting at your desk frequently leaves you with back pain or creek in your neck, you may need to evaluate your workstation. Raise your computer to eye level so that you don’t have to bend your neck to look at the screen. When you type, your elbows should be at a 90° angle in your feet should rest flat. You can use a stool or block to rest your feet on if needed.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water ensures that there is plenty of fluid in the discs of your spine. Not having enough fluid can cause a disc to bulge, or even rupture, and places you at risk of injury.
it doesn’t matter if you’re not a hard-core athlete, a simple daily walk is enough to keep your joints moving, and help keep your weight under control.
- Stretch frequently
Taking time every day for a good stretch can improve your flexibility and the range of motion in all of your joints, including those in your spine. Good flexibility ensures that your body is able to bend and move in the ways it is intended, and minimizes your risk of injury.
- Lift properly
Even if you’re just picking up a pencil you’ve dropped on the floor, it is important to always bend at your knees, lift with your legs, and keep your spine straight. If you are lifting a heavy load, test the weight before picking it up. If it is too heavy, ask for help. Otherwise, keep the load close to your center and avoid twisting until you have completed the lift.
- Watch how you sleep
If you are a stomach sleeper, you may be increasing the stress on your spine. Though it is difficult to change your sleep position, it is possible. Try shifting to your side and wrapping your arms and legs around a body pillow for support.
- Listen to your body
Think of pain and discomfort as your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. The earlier you catch a problem, the easier it is to fix. So pay attention to these signals.
One way to practice good posture is to stand against a wall. Another is to check yourself whenever you catch your reflection in a mirror. Practicing good posture increases your awareness of how you are holding yourself, so you’ll know when you’re not practicing good posture.
To learn more about how good posture can improve your health and how to improve it, call Eastern chiropractic today on 9857 4503 to schedule an appointment to find out how we can help.