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Sitting and Posture Health. Part 3

These are our last 4 tips to help improve your posture and reduce everyday stresses on your body.

7. Wear supportive footwear when standing.

  • Avoid regularly wearing high-heeled shoes. It can affect the body’s centre of gravity and alignment of the entire body, thus negatively affecting back support and posture.
  • When standing for long periods of time wear supportive shoes, or place a rubber mat/anti-fatigue mat on the floor.

8. Remember good posture and ergonomics when in motion.

  • Simply walking, lifting heavy materials, holding a telephone, and typing are all moving activities that require attention to ergonomics and posture.
  • It is important to maintain good posture even while moving to avoid injury, walking tall with shoulders back for example.
  • Back injuries are especially common while twisting and/or lifting and often occur because of awkward movement and control of the upper body weight alone.

9. Create ergonomic physical environments and workspaces, such as sitting in an office chair at a computer.

  • It does require a small investment of time to personalize the workspace, home, and car, but the payoff will be well worth it.
  • Undue strain will be placed on the structures of the spine unless the office chair, desk, keyboard, and computer screen, etc. are correctly positioned.
  • It’s much easier and less time consuming to correct everyday ergonomics and minimize back or neck pain.

10. Avoid overprotecting posture.

  • Remember that it is important to maintain an overall relaxed posture.
  • Avoid restricting movements by clenching muscles or adopting an unnatural, stiff posture.
  • For individuals who already have some back or neck pain, it’s a natural tendency to limit movements to avoid provoking increased pain.
  • Unless there is a fracture or other serious problem, the structures in the spine are designed for movement. Any limitation in motion over a long period of time creates more pain and a downward cycle of less motion and more pain.

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