Your guide to the Proper Sitting Posture
Bad posture is one of the most common causes of back pain.
This is due to a process called “muscle deconditioning,” where repeated instances of bad posture lead to your muscles becoming weaker. This, in turn, leads to strains and irritation as your muscles become weaker.
What is posture?
When we use the word “posture,” we refer to the position you hold your body while going about your daily activities, which involve sitting, standing, walking, and laying down.
Which sitting posture is ideal?
To achieve the ideal sitting posture, place your back straight and in contact with the back of a chair and relax your shoulders. There will be some places where your back won’t comfortably meet the chair, and this is due to the natural curvature of your back. Use a cushion to maintain this curve.
Your weight should be evenly distributed on both your hips. Bend your knees at a right angle and keep them at the same level as your hips or slightly elevated. Your feet should be flat on the floor.
Can you correct years of bad posture?
The answer is yes.
You might think that you’re stuck with a hunched stance, but you can change this by taking up activities that strengthen your back muscles. This can mean doing exercises such as cat stretches, pelvic tilts, and Supermans.
What are the 3 key points to the sitting posture?
The three critical points to the sitting posture are the three curves of your back.
There are three of them, one at your neck, mid-back, and lower back.
These curves should be maintained but not exaggerated.
Tips for improving your sitting posture
- Keep screens at eye level
- Sit tall to maintain your curves
- Slide to the back of the seat to maintain contact with the backrest.
- Make sure your arms are supported to take the stress off the shoulders.
- Get up regularly to take movement breaks.
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- Registered Massage Therapy
- Chiropractic Treatment
- Shockwave Therapy
- Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
- Kinesiology and Active Rehab
- Bike Fitting
- Custom Orthotics
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