Did your parents and teachers tell you to keep your back straight? How many times have you heard it yourself? Poor body posture can actually weaken your back and core muscles over time and can cause back pain. It is actually quite common for people who sit in front of a computer or behind the wheel for long periods of time. There are also other factors that can contribute to bad posture just like excess weight, texting, stress and pregnancy.
WHY YOU SHOULD SIT AND STAND STRAIGHT
Poor posture can make back pain brought about stress and weak muscles flare up. It likewise places strain on your back, core, shoulders and legs which can increase tension and pain. According to the American Physical Therapy Association a good posture is a good prevention. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned, and your muscles, joints, and ligaments take more strain than nature intended. Faulty posture can cause fatigue, muscular strain, and, in later stages, pain.
As per Nick Sinfield, a physiotherapist and back expert, to correct your posture may be awkward at first as your body has become so used to sitting and standing in a particular way. You should retrain your body to sit and stand correctly, this can improve your body awareness and confidence that your back is a strong resilient structure.
He also says: “Initially, this may require a bit of conscious effort and some strengthening and flexibility exercises to correct muscle imbalances. But with a bit of practice, good posture will become second nature and be one step to helping your back in the long term.”
You should lie down on your stomach with your face down toward the floor. Slowly lift your torso off the ground. Lift as high as is comfortable. Keep your arms at your sides or outward. You should do this ten times, holding it for about 5 seconds each time.