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How to Improve Posture?
Minimising the stress on your spine, nerves and muscles will ensure you remain pain free. A general rule is to maintain a straight line from your ear to your shoulder, to your hip.
When sitting it is important you have the right chair to obtain and maintain optimal posture. You should be positioned at the back of the chair and the lumbar support placed in the small of your back. Slightly move your shoulders back and tilt your chin, ensure the height of the chair allows a right angle at your hips and knees. Ensure you are getting regular breaks from sitting, standing, walking, or lying to promote blood circulation.
For an ideal posture while standing follow the general straight-line rule from ear, shoulder and hip with a slight arch on your lower back.
While lying down good posture can be obtained by lying on your back with a pillow supporting your neck. If you prefer to lie on your side or bend your knees, support your position with a pillow between your legs for comfort. While it may be tempting, avoid curling up into foetal position. It is generally not recommended to lie on your stomach, as this may cause considerable stress on your neck.
There are also treatments for postural disorder that may fix the problem, such as stretching or strengthening exercises to help improve posture and activity tolerance.
Postural Disorder Staten Island
If you have noticed your posture was not in the right position, or finding that you have the following symptoms, book a consultation today with the friendly team at Elite Dental of Staten Island by clicking here!
- Flat back
- Swayback (Lordosis)
- Forward neck and head posture
- Sunken chest
- Abdominal ptosis
- Genu varum (blow-leg)
- Genu valgum (k-leg)
- Flat Foot
There are many factors that can affect poor posture including:
- Muscular weakness
- Occupation or bad habit
- Injury, disease, or bad habit
- Defective sense organ
- Rapid growth
- Poor diet
Perform stretching exercises two or three times a week to boost muscle flexibility. Ensure you are stretching and exercising regularly to improve muscle strength and toning. Maintaining the abdominal muscles are important as it supports your lower back, doing abdominal crunches rather than straight backed sit-ups will also build muscle in this area.