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How to Correct Poor Posture

      Ryan Fogel    Filed under: Ergonomic Injury Prevention

As you’re reading this, move attention to your body. Are you sitting up straight or slouching forward? If you’re like most people, you likely noticed the latter and have just straightened up to correct your posture.

Poor posture is an unfortunate reality of working desk jobs, and far too many Americans let their posture go without doing anything to correct it. But poor posture can lead to temporary and chronic pain, decreased flexibility, decreased balance, difficulty breathing, and more. Thankfully, poor posture can be corrected with the following steps.

Improving Posture While Sitting

Poor posture often begins because we spend too much time slouching forward at a desk or on the couch. But simply straightening your back won’t be enough to correct years of poor posture. Keeping a straight back will not only seem uncomfortable at first, but you’ll likely begin slouching again when you’re not paying attention. You’ll need proper support for this to work. Here’s how to get started:

  • Get up and take brief walks around your office or home
  • Don’t cross your legs
  • Make sure your feet touch the floor or ensure you have a footrest if that’s not possible
  • Relax your shoulders
  • Keep your elbows close to your body
  • Fully support your back with a back pillow or back support that will support your lower back’s curve
  • Support your thighs and hips with a well-padded seat
  • Keep your desk at a comfortable height

Improving Posture While Standing or Walking

Many people think they only have poor posture while sitting. This is not the case. Stand sideways in front of a mirror and see how much your shoulders and back curve forward. Chances are you’re slouching and don’t even realize it! Here are some ways to correct this:

  • Stand up straight and tall so that if you were standing up against a wall, your back and shoulders would be up against it
  • Keep your shoulders down and back
  • Pull your stomach in
  • Keep your weigh on the balls of your feet
  • Keep your hips as level as possible while walking
  • Pick the right shoes or get insoles to better support your body

General Steps to Improve Posture

Correcting poor posture can be easier said than done. Keeping your back straight may seem uncomfortable after years of slouching. Thankfully, you can get your body used to this by practicing different exercises:

  • Stay active with exercises like yoga or tai chi that stretch out and strengthen your muscles while keeping you focused on your body
  • Walk regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Practice these stretches designed to correct poor posture

With these steps, you can correct years of poor posture. But make sure you have the right equipment to help you. Ergonomic equipment can help support your body and prevent poor posture from taking hold. Contact Accredited Rehabilitation Consultants to find the right ergonomic equipment for your office today!