Without question, you think about a lot of things during the average workday… but your posture may not be one of them. Then comes that dull ache, a kink in your neck, a twitch in your back and all the other common posture problems.
Respected chiropractor Dr. Neil Stakes explains that our bodies are designed for movement, and being able to get into or out of positions is a sign of flexibility, mobility and good health. So common posture problems can arise in periods of inactivity.
“Bad posture is related to the body’s maladaptation to positions assumed for a very long period of time,” says Dr. Stakes. “The body gradually adapts to the posture and lays down fibrous tissues to support that posture over time.”
Hands raised if this sounds like you working from home! Yep, that’s about everyone. Left untreated, these poor habits can compound into bigger issues such as arthritis, spinal and joint degeneration and loss of mobility.
“A neutral spine is important for good posture,” says Marina Goddu, a certified physiotherapist who stresses that awareness is the first step in the right direction. “It doesn’t mean it’s straight. Our spine has three natural curves that, when viewed from the side, form an ‘S’ shape.” In that position, the spine and muscles have maximal stability to keep our bodies upright.
With these two pros’ input, we’ve identified 4 of the most common posture problems out there – and how to fix them plus exercises to try before you go into traction:
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