Throughout your entire life, you have been taught that good posture is essential to your health. How many times have you had someone tell you to stand or sit up straight? Probably too many to count.
Good posture has many benefits to your overall health. It can help relieve, or even prevent, neck and back pain. Good posture also greatly minimizes the likelihood of needing spine surgery. In short, it enables you to live a happier, healthier life.
The problem is, the general population doesn’t know what good posture feels like. Often people are so stuck in their poor posture habits, they don’t even realize they are doing it. Admit it, you probably aren’t sitting properly as you read this blog post. You’re probably slouching or your shoulders are slumping. Did you realize it before it was mentioned?
By following the steps below, you will be able to experience what good posture really feels like.
- Stand up straight with your hands at your sides. Slowly begin to arch your back, causing your stomach muscles to elongate. Gently focus on drawing your belly button into your spine. You should feel like your lower back, upper torso, and shoulders are all in alignment over your heels.
- Now, rotate your shoulders so that your thumbs are facing away from your body while simultaneously drawing your shoulder blades together.
- Relax the muscles in your neck and look up until your ears align with your shoulders. It is important to be sure to relax your jaw and breathe deeply through your mouth and nose.
How do you feel? Let us boil down the feeling of good posture to a snippet you will be able to remember: With your stomach and lower back muscles elongated, you can feel the strong muscles between your shoulder blades and their supporting neck muscles.
If this feeling is familiar, congratulations you have been practicing great posture for a while now! If not, you may want to run through this exercise several times a day to try to make good posture a habit. You know what they say, it takes 21 days to form a habit. Just three weeks of practicing good posture and you will be well on your way to a healthier life.
While good posture cannot prevent all ailments, it can go a long way in keeping your spine happy. If you have any questions regarding good posture or any spinal condition, please feel free to contact us.