At Home and Work: Tips for Better Posture – Part 1

There’s a strong possibility you’re reading this on your phone, tablet or while sitting at your computer. Chances are your shoulders are slouched, your back is hunched and your head is hanging too low and is straining your neck.

If this is the case, you have some work to do. Poor posture can result due to several behavioral and physical issues, but in many cases, it can be corrected to avoid chronic and debilitating body pains. In part one of our better posture blog, we’ll show you some simple tips that can do wonders for your posture.

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Watch the Way You Sit

You probably spend hours sitting on your desk at work or at home. This can be a pivotal time for correcting your posture. To achieve the best possible posture, try to imagine someone pulling your hair straight up. Although the image might conjure up pain, this position will align your body, keep your back upright and your head pointing straight ahead. Make sure your knees are at a 90-degree angle with your feet resting flat on the floor.

Sitting on Your Foot is Not an Option

How do you get into a comfortable position while sitting at your desk? Sitting on one’s foot is one of the most common options. However, doing so can wreak all sorts of havoc on your body. When sitting on your foot, you are causing a huge amount of external rotational problems to your hips and knees.

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Avoid the Heels and Fat Wallets

A good set of heels can spruce up any lady’s outfit, but if you’re to sit with good posture with your feet flat on the floor, then you might have to ditch the tall shoes. Heels also increase the lumbar curve when standing, which can lead to debilitating lower back pain. While men might not need to worry about wearing heels, they can definitely do without a bulky wallet in their back pocket while they sit. A fat wallet can throw off and twist your pelvis.

Rid the Pain

It’s never too late to start working on your posture, but perhaps the aches associated with it have begun to appear. If you or a loved one has been feeling neck, back or shoulder pain, it’s time to contact Total Pain Care in New Jersey.

Our pain-management specialists will work around the clock to pinpoint the location of your pain and treat it with comprehensive and effective procedures. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a pain-free life, contact any one of our locations for more information today.

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