Does your back hurt? Bad posture could be the culprit!
Many of us sit at a desk for the majority of our days. Unfortunately, the monotony of being in front of our computers day after day is a real pain in our necks. We mean that literally. People are constantly slouching at their computers during the work day. You may be surprised to find out that these habits may be to blame for your bad posture.
Recognizing Bad Posture
Ideal posture means that your muscles are supporting your skeleton, keeping it aligned and stable. When the spine is positioned unnaturally, it puts excess stress on your muscles and joints, which causes bad posture. Stress, injury, and yes, too much phone and computer time, can all negatively affect your body. This can result in physical signs of bad posture, like slouching shoulders or a head that dips forward.
As you can imagine, a healthy spine is pretty important to your overall health.
Hunched Over a Computer Desk?
If your job requires you to sit at a desk all day, you may find yourself slouching in your seat.
Here are just a few of the many behaviors that can lead to poor posture and pain:
- Looking down at your keyboard.
- Sitting hunched over rather than sitting up straight.
- Crossing your legs rather than your ankles.
These are all common mistakes that can negatively affect the way you stand. Unfortunately, your spine will slowly become accustomed to your poor posture. The result of your inactivity is a curvature of the spine that can affect your health and the way you stand.
The way you position your head at an angle to look at your phone will cause similar results. The farther you angle your head forward, the more weight you are putting on your spine. Just like sitting at your computer, the more you are hunched over, the more your body adjusts to your unhealthy stance.
Fixing Your Posture
Bad habits cause bad posture. To improve your overall posture, you’ll need to shake things up a bit.
Here are a few simple steps you can take for not-so-simple results:
- Chin up: At your desk, your eyes should line up with the top of your monitor and your feet should remain flat on the floor. Holding your head at a 60-degree angle is equivalent to holding 60 pounds up with your neck. By straightening your head when viewing your keyboard or phone, you will immediately take pressure off of your body.
- Stretch: Step away from the screen! Take some time to step away from your desk periodically to stretch. For instance, roll your shoulders back, pull your shoulder blades together, look up at the ceiling, or stretch your arms across your chest. Even beyond posture correction, it pays to get up and walk around during the day. According to research from the Annals of Internal Medicine, a sedentary lifestyle has been linked to a higher risk of earlier death.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Good posture is having your ears aligned with the shoulders and your shoulder blades back. Remain conscious of this positioning during the day and correct your posture when you notice it going off-course.
- Chiropractic work: Visiting a chiropractor can help you to improve and maintain healthy alignment of your spine so that your body functions at the best of its potential. This work may include chiropractic adjustments, recommended exercises, and nutritional counseling among other methods for improved wellness.