Posture is defined as how your hold your body at all times. Regardless of the type of posture, the most important component of a good posture is that the spine is in a neutral and non-compromised position.
The most common symptoms of poor posture are the following:
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder/Upper back pain
- Arm/hand numbness and tingling
- Jaw Pain (TMJ dysfunction)
- Back Pain
- Muscle fatigue/stress
- body aches and pain (Joint and muscle)
- Spinal degeneration and disc disease
Standing in the optimal posture is an art. However, if you master this art, the results can be very rewarding to your ultimate health goals.
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- When standing: your head, shoulders, hips and ankles should line up, one comfortably above the other.
- You should bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
- Do not lock your knees! Keep your knees slightly bent.
- Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of your body.
- Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.
- Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side (aka DON’T do the “text neck”).
- Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.
- Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don’t reach the floor.
- Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees.
- Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
- Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
- Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.
- Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
- Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.
- Your workstation ergonomics is also very important. Check the illustration on the right for the ideal set-up!