As a Chiropractor in Bedfordview, I always see patients with poor posture. Having bad posture is a result of bad habits. With the advancement of technology, we spend more time in front of a laptop, we are confined to our desks or are driving around in our cars with poorly designed seats.
Posture impacts your overall health, affecting your breathing, making you tired, depressed and unable to work efficiently or move properly. By sitting for long periods of time, you put excessive strain on your back muscles, joints and ligaments. This can lead to arthritis of the spine.
By using just 2 books (like telephone directories) and 1 small square cushion you can add years to your spine. These 3 tips will show you just how easy it is!
Step one: place your laptop on top of the telephone directory. This will help to raise the screen, and prevent you from straining your head forward to look at the screen.
Step two: sit in your chair with your bum pushed right against the back of the chair. Place a cusion above your hips between your back and the back of the chair. Then lean back against the cushion. This will prevent you from slouching forward, and will reduce the strain on your spine.
Step three: place the telephone directory on the floor and rest your feet on top of it. This will lift your legs so that your hips and knees are in a straight line. This stops you from putting pressure on the lower part of your back.
These three simple steps will not only allow you to be able to sit with a better posture and reduce stress on the spine, but will also help with your breathing technique by opening up your chest and allowing the lungs to expand more. When you get more oxygen travelling around the body, especially to the brain, your concentration levels will improve.
Having good posture is not only important for the spine, it is also important for overall health.
If you would like to find out more information about good posture and having a healthy spine, visit our website at www.better-backs.com and send us any of your questions.
Click www.ergotherapy.co.za/video-guides to see the pictures of good posture at the computer and correct Ergonomic Setup.
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I’m Dr Young – wishing you a better backs day.
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After having over a decade of experience as a Chiropractor, Dr Young has gained much knowledge through her interaction with patients and post-graduate learning course. As she uncovers new and exciting developments in the alternative healthcare field, she loves to share her passion and knowledge with her readers.