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The How and Why of Maintaining Good Posture

Casual people queueingBad posture develops over the years as a result of negligence and unawareness of the importance and benefits of good posture. However, it contributes towards good health. Let’s find out how:

Importance of Good Posture

Good posture is important to maintain for a number of reasons. It helps put the least amount of strain on supporting muscles and ligaments when you sit, walk, or lie down. Furthermore, it is beneficial for correct bone alignment allowing all muscles to function normally and prevent abnormal wearing of joints, resulting in arthritis.

By maintaining good posture, the likelihood of injury is also decreased as it decreases the unnecessary stress placed on ligaments and joints. The body is able to use less energy, prevent muscle fatigue, thus allowing muscles to work more efficiently.

Tips To Maintain Proper Posture

There can be many reasons for a bad posture such as obesity, stress, weak postural muscles, poor seating arrangement, bad standing habits, or decreased flexibility. Stick to the following tips and you’ll develop good posture in no time.

  • While sitting, make sure your feet rest on the floor and your legs aren’t crossed.
  • The back of your chair should support your mid back. If it doesn’t, buy a back support
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed
  • Don’t sit in a single position for too long
  • While standing, your weight should be on the balls of your feet
  • Make sure your feet are a hand’s width apart and your knees are bent slightly.
  • Relax your arms and tuck your stomach in
  • While lying sleep on your side or back and use a pillow and make sure your mattress is comfortable.

If you do not maintain a good posture, consult our clinic today. A chiropractor can help you develop a good posture and recommend exercises to strengthen core postural muscles.

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  1. mgenmedical.com says
    May 20, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    Nice tips regarding posture. These small things ensure that we can be healthy and live longer!

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