Posture is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose.” In healthcare, “good posture” is a combination of positions that put the least strain on joints, ligaments and muscles. Conversely, “bad posture” is the opposite. So how can someone achieve better posture simply and effectively?
– Take care of your feet — A healthy base is essential for the rest of the body to function optimally. Simple things such as wearing supportive shoes and keeping your feet moisturised and callous-free can improve posture.
– Be mindful of your phone usage — The average adult human head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. Constantly looking down at a cellphone can cause dramatic changes at the neck. Instead, hold your phone at approximately shoulder level when reading or texting. Also, put your phone on speaker when having long conversations to avoid awkward neck positions.
– Breathe deeply — Try to always take deep breaths. It is close to impossible to take a deep breath if you are slouching, so this will automatically create more optimal posture.
– Use a cross-body bag – Traditional double shoulder book bags put awkward stresses on the shoulder and upper back. Briefcases and single shoulder bags if heavy can also put undue lateral stress on the spine. A cross-body bag evens forces on the torso so that whatever is being carried is as balanced as possible.
To learn more about how to achieve all your posture goals this year, contact one of our healthcare professionals at Align.
Kristina Maxwell is a doctor of physiotheraphy at Align, a wellness studio with an integrated approach to physical rehabilitative treatments and preventative care.