Most people with poor posture or pain want to discover a miraculous exercise that will cure their problems. Of course, exercise helps and is part of treatment to take care of pain and improve bad posture.
What people may not realize is that for most of the time, it's the little things in our daily lives that should go through some tweaking. With that, here is a short list of activities to watch out for.
In the car:
Notice if you get sloppy, hanging more to one side than the other, and perhaps with one hand higher on the steering wheel than the other, causing you have one shoulder higher than the other, leading to pain and aches.
Try changing positions often, especially if you spend a lot of time in the car. The best position will always be hands at ten and two (clock position).
Keeping your back straight and aligned against the seat. It should be straight so that you don't have to move your head forward to see.
In the office:
The posture at the desk is very important. By staying in the same position for several hours, this can have major repercussions on your health.
It is important to stand up often and maintain watch out for any slouched or lazy position you feel comfortable in for an extended time, this is not the right position for you to hold.
Our sleeping posture is one of the most neglected positions of our lives. You spend an average of eight hours (ideal) per night in one or several positions that can have a big impact on your posture during the day.
Sleeping with several pillows stacked or one pillow too high, leads to over-stretching of the neck extensors, possibly contributing to an anteriorization of the head and possible cervical lordosis and thoracic (hump) kyphosis.
Tightening the bed sheets over your feet, leaving them in a flexion, can lead to limited ankle mobility, affecting the mechanics of the entire body, from walking to sitting.
Sleeping on your stomach contributes to an excessive lordotic curve, which can lead to exaggerated compression forces on your lumbar spine.
The best sleeping position is on your side, with both knees bent, pillow between your knees and your head resting on a single pillow.
Or if you prefer, you can lay in a supine position with a pillow under your knees, loose sheets, and again a single head pillow.
Exercising, strengthening your abdomen, relaxing, and seeking professional help is always very important. But we need to pay more attention to our bodies when they are not moving.
It's little things like these that add up and contribute to a life of constant, irritating pain. From time to time turn your awareness inside and ask yourself if you have been in that position for too long and if you could do something to make your posture more correct and preserve your spine.
Before you know it, the pain that once prevented you from doing normal daily tasks will be gone and become a thing of the past.