Good posture promotes movement, efficiency and endurance. It also contributes to an overall sense of well-being.
Follow these tips for preventing posture-related aches and pains:
At your desk, keep your feet flat on the floor with your hips bent slightly forward. Sit with your back firmly against the chair and keep your trunk upright so the lower body supports it.
Position your computer monitor so you don't have to look up or strain your neck. Keep your head straight, not tilted or turned to one side. If you use the telephone for long periods of time, use a headset.
Walk the walk
The standard gait is a heel strike, then toe push-off. Any other movement can put a strain on your body over time.
To walk correctly, keep your head erect with your chin parallel to the ground. Allow your arms to swing naturally and point your feet in front of you. High heels, platform shoes, and loose shoes can cause back pain, gait changes, and painful foot conditions.
To maintain good posture while standing for long periods, keep your hands at your sides and your abdomen drawn in as if you're trying to flatten your stomach.
Rest on your side and put your head on a thin pillow that doesn't tilt your head upward. Bending your knees slightly will reduce the strain on your lower back. Your arms should be at your sides.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.