Posture and your spine
Posture is about far more than looking confident. If you sit for hours a day at your desk, or have the common habit of standing off balance, you could be doing gradual damage to your spine, shoulders and lower back. Good news is that balancing books on your head while walking in a straight line isn’t the only way to correct it.
Understanding your spine
Your spine is designed around three curves that support weight baring and distribution. Like the structure of a bridge, these curves act like arches to transfer the load and distribute the stress.
So just how important is good posture?
Standing and sitting in the right position helps our bodies function properly. When you slouch or hunch, so does your spine and this can have affects on other parts of your body. Some of these affects include:
- Circulation, which can cause vertebrae (discs) to deteriorate over time
- Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, sometimes causing headaches
- Herniated disc, which could be the result of poor posture over time
- Fatigue and muscle pain, as your muscles work harder to hold you up
- Tightness, stiffness, loss of joint and muscle mobility.
Ways you can correct your posture
There are a few simple adjustments that you can make to help correct your posture and support your spine. These include:
- Sleeping: Sleep on your back or side and on a firm mattress. Don’t sleep on your stomach.
- Exercise: Regular exercise helps keep you flexible and tones your muscles to support proper posture
- Injuries: Always seek treatment for any injuries, neglected injuries can cause abnormalities and problems later in life if not treated properly
- Bending: Bend your knees and keep your legs straight when lifting. Never twist from the waist and bend forward at the same time.
- Lifting: Let your legs do the work to avoid injury to your lower back. Stand close to the object, squat down and saddle it, lift slowly and straighten your legs as you stand. Always carry the object close to your body.
- Sitting: Get up and move every 20 minutes. Get a lumbar support to keep your lower spine maintain its natural curve. Keep your feet flat on the ground to give a base of support.
How we can help
At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C), our skilled chiropractors and physiotherapists in Balmain and Dee Why treat conditions and injuries caused by poor posture. If you find that you’re experiencing ongoing and consistent back pain, come and see us to find out how we can treat and fix it.