Why is Posture Important?
Everything you need to know about good posture
1. What is good posture?
Good posture, also known as correct spinal alignment, refers to the correct positioning in which you hold your body. Good posture results in 3 natural curves required for a healthy spine and allows you to move easily so that your body supports your weight without strain. Your spine controls all the nerves that regulate everything in your body including your vital organs and muscles. In order to facilitate sufficient flow of these nerves, your spine needs to be properly aligned.
Bad posture and incorrect alignment of the spine results in nerve interference resulting in your nerves being unable to supply your muscles and organs with the blood, oxygen, and nutrients they need.
2. Why good posture is good for you and essential for a healthy and happy life
Good posture is essential for a healthy life as it allows our bodies to function the way they need to. The human body is an intelligent machine; it’s able to heal itself naturally. By ensuring good posture, you can help your body do its job; to heal and support you. With the correct alignment of the spine, your body is able to function properly and therefore reduce the risk of bad health and musculoskeletal disorders. Having good posture also leads to a happy life. Not only do you have higher energy levels due to your body being able to function properly, but you are less likely to be in any pain or discomfort – allowing you to be happy and concentrate on the things that are important.
3. How to maintain good posture?
It is important to monitor and think about your daily activities. How are you sitting and standing? How long are you doing each for? Are these causing you pain or discomfort? Analyse the tasks you do on a daily basis and make the necessary changes to better suit good posture.
For example: your office job may be causing you stiffness and pain in your lower back due to sitting down for too long. While sitting at your desk, it is important to ensure that your back is straight and that your shoulders do not roll forward. You need your weight to be evenly distributed while your feet are flat to the ground. The height of your chair should be adjusted so that your knees bend at a natural 90-degree angle. Avoid crossing your legs as this may actually worsen any back pain. If your job requires a lot of sitting It may be necessary to consider upgrading your workspace with an ergonomic chair and desk that has been designed to support posture and correct spinal alignment.
For those that must do a lot of standing, ensuring that you stand with a good posture looks and feels great! Gravity is your worst enemy while standing or sitting, especially once fatigue sets in. The most important tip to achieve a great standing posture is to simply stand tall! All the muscles that you need to push you taller are the same ones that improve your posture. Extend your head directly up but keep your chin tucked in (Avoid tilting your head forward, backward or sideways). Keep your shoulders back, let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body, bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet and keep your feet about shoulder-width apart. If you have to stand for a long time, shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other,
When sleeping, poor bed posture can worsen or even cause backache. It is important to maintain the natural curve of the spine when lying in bed. You can do this by ensuring your head, shoulders, and hips are in alignment, and that the back is properly supported. Avoid lying down on your back with your head bent on a large angle on a pillow as this puts undue stress on your neck and shoulders. Prop some pillows behind your back for support and bend your legs and put a pillow under your knees.
It may also be a good time to visit a chiropractor. Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. They are qualified in providing manual adjustment techniques to adjust your spine and eliminate misalignments in the spine that may be causing health problems. The chiropractor will assess and treat any misalignments of the spine, causing nerve interference. This allows proper nerve flow to muscles and organs allowing the body to heal naturally.
Good posture is the window to a healthy spine. It is essential to maintain good posture to allow our body to function properly. Our muscles and organs need blood, oxygen, and nutrients to function. Our nerves allow for this to happen. However, without good posture (proper spinal alignment) our nerves are not able to flow properly to these muscles and organs resulting in bad health and musculoskeletal disorders.
Good posture not only keeps you healthy, it also keeps you happy! No pain and discomfort mean you are able to focus on tasks and things that are important to you. Analyse your daily tasks and adjust to suit better positioning of the spine. Daily exercising and stretching are also good ways to support good posture and allow for movement of the spine which will decrease pain and stiffness.
Remember, a healthy spine means a healthy life. It is essential that we look after it and ensure it can function to the best of its ability.