Improve your posture. Sometimes we forget to remember to maintain our posture and slouch. Below are a few steps to keep in mind to help your body function better.
The human body has a specific design. Good posture follows that design. It is not that hard to have good posture. Below are steps to that assist in obtaining and to improve your posture while standing.
1. Find your center. Proper standing posture is about alignment and balance. It also lends an air of confidence. Tips for achieving the correct upright posture:
- place your feet about shoulder width apart
- stand up straight
- rotating the top of the pelvis forward slightly brings it to a neutral position
- thigh bones move under the hips
- don’t lock your knees
- the arch of the lower back supports the rest of the spine
2. Keep your weight on the balls of your feet. When you rest on your heels, your natural tendency will be to slouch.
3. Keep your shoulders squared.
4. Pull your head back and up. Picture yourself reaching for the ceiling with the top of your head. Keep your head square on top of the neck and spine as you pull your head back and up. Not only will this improve your posture, you will look taller and leaner, too. Try it!
Teach your body what it feels like to have good posture. Stand with your back against a door or wall, with the back of your head, your shoulders, and your butt just touching it. If it feels awkward and uncomfortable, don’t worry–as you develop good posture habits and train your body, it will feel uncomfortable to not stand this way.
Good posture starts with a strong core. Weak core muscles are common for people with low back pain. Poor posture can make back pain worse. Core-strengthening exercises may help ease and prevent low back pain and will improve your posture.
Call us for an appointment to assess your posture.