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POSTURAL CORRECTION

Overview Posture is defined as the manner in which the body is held upright against gravity as it's sitting down, lying down or standing up. Good posture may require a bit of training, with the goal of having the least amount of strain placed on the muscles and ligaments as possible.

Overview

Posture is defined as the manner in which the body is held upright against gravity as it's sitting down, lying down or standing up.

Good posture may require a bit of training, with the goal of having the least amount of strain placed on the muscles and ligaments as possible.

Causes of Poor Posture

Habits such, as carrying a heavy purse or bag over one shoulder is one way that poor posture can develop. Overloaded backpacks are another, as well as sitting the wrong way at a desk over time.

Physical conditions that may contribute to poor posture include obesity and degenerative spine disorders. Poor posture can also be rooted in psychological issues such as low self-esteem.

Benefits of Proper Posture

While contributing to a good appearance, good posture may prevent backaches and muscular pain. With proper posture, the body requires less energy to uphold itself, which may prevent fatigue.

Proper posture decreases the stress on ligaments and protects the spine from being bent into abnormal positions. In addition, proper posture may help prevent arthritis; it helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces.

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Correct Sitting Posture

According to the Cleveland Clinic, getting into the habit of sitting in the correct manner can help straighten poor posture.

A correct sitting posture begins with the back erect and the shoulders pulled back. The weight of the body should be distributed evenly between both hips. Knees should be bent at a right angle while the feet are placed flat on the floor.

For proper posture while driving, use a lumbar roll pillow at the curve of the back. Your knees should be at the same level as your hips; the seat should be close to the steering wheel to further support the curve of the back.

Better Posture During Sleep

Sleeping in a position that supports the natural curve of the lumbar spine (lower back) is recommended. Positions that support this recommendation include sleeping on the side with the knees slightly bent, as well as sleeping on the back with a pillow under the knees or a rolled pillow under the lower back area.

Avoid sleeping on the stomach, as well as sleeping on your side with your knees drawn up to your chest.

Posture Tips
  • When carrying a purse, briefcase or backpack, only pack it with absolute necessities to avoid back strain.
  • Choose a backpack made of a lightweight material.
  • Shoulder straps on purses should be wide, adjustable and padded.
  • When working at a desk, the workstation or desk should be at elbow height.
  • Avoid slouching or leaning forward to look at the computer
  • Shoulders should be kept straight and parallel to the hips.
  • Take frequent breaks to stretch or walk around to stay refreshed.
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