Tips for Better Posture
There are many reasons why people develop bad posture. Taking on too much stress or sitting at a computer all day are some of the more common culprits. However, poor posture typically happens when we are looking for ways to adjust our bodies to find pain relief caused by muscle spasms and tension. When poor posture isn’t corrected, the body’s alignment is compromised and can exacerbate any pain that you may already be experiencing. To help reduce pain and work towards better overall health, here are some ways you can improve your posture.
Be Mindful of Your Posture
If your job requires you to sit at a computer, it’s easy to fall into a slouch or slumping position. However, being aware and “mindful” of your posture while you are sitting can make all the difference. Just by merely keeping a sticky note attached to your computer screen to remind you to sit up straight can help too! Here are some other ways to sit up straight at your work desk:
- Adjust your computer monitor to eye level
- Rest your back flat against your chair
- Keep your feet flat and refrain from crossing your ankles and legs
- Take breaks and move every 30 minutes
Beware of “Text Neck”
While our smartphones may be a modern convenience, it’s not so convenient for our posture. “Text neck” is a term used to describe neck pain that stems from looking at your cell phone, tablet, and other handheld devices for frequent and long periods of time. Text neck can also lead to bad posture. You can avoid “text neck” by limiting the amount of time you spend looking down at your devices and scheduling breaks away from technology.
Regular exercise is a great way to improve your posture and decrease neck and back pain. Try a variety of yoga poses, planking positions, and daily stretching. Strengthening your core and abdominal area can help improve posture too.
If you are struggling with pain due to poor posture, we can help. We specialize in pain management, regenerative medicine, and sports medicine treatments. Contact Colorado Clinic today at (970) 355-3225 to learn more about which treatment options may be right for you.