Did you know that proper posture is important to the functioning of your spine and nervous system? Improper posture may cause problems over time that you may have never imagined such as pain, joint dysfunction, fatigue, and even arthritis; due to increased stresses on the spine. If you may be wondering how you can improve your own posture, here are some things to start with:
- Standing up straight
- Make sure to look up with your head and look down with your eyes instead of looking down with your neck. This will avoid any unnecessary stress on your cervical spine.
- Your ear holes should line up over the top of your shoulder.
- For every inch forward your ears are over your shoulders, an extra 12 pounds of pressure is exerted on the muscles in your neck!
- Use a chair with a lumbar support to rest your low back on.
- No lumbar support? No problem, simply place a thin pillow or folded towel in between your low back and the chair to support your spine.
- Try to avoid sleeping on your stomach.
- Instead, sleep on your side with a pillow the proper height and a pillow in between your legs to keep your spine in the neutral position.
- You may also sleep on your back with a small pillow or rolled up towel under your neck and knees to keep your head in the neutral position.
To learn more about what you can do to improve your posture with exercises and stretches, come to our next Exercises and Stretches for Proper Posture seminar on March 19th from 6:30-7:30pm located at Family First Chiropractic Center in Blaine, MN. Call 763-404-6244 to sign-up today. Space is limited!