Proper posture is important for a number of reasons but this is something we take for granted. When we're not aware of these issues, they tend to exacerbate. Here are a few everyday mistakes that we all make. Do you do any of these?
- Wearing over-weighted backpacks or purses: Wearing heavy backpacks or purses can be detrimental to your health. These posture killers can be particularly stressful, especially when worn continually over the same shoulder. This is a big problem for both adults and kids. A heavy bag or purse can sometimes put stress on the neck and excessive tension on the vertebrae.
- Sitting and slouching at a computer for a long time : Our bodies are designed for movement, not sitting for long periods of time. When you look up at a monitor that is too high, you force your neck to extend. This compresses the joints in the neck and causes fatigue in the muscles, which could lead to inflammation, pain and headaches. Conversely, you can also strain your neck by looking down at your monitor that is too low. This poor position also results in a slouched posture for the spine, contributing to tiredness, lack of energy, and mood imbalances.
- Slouching while driving, flying, or taking the train: Studies show that there is a vibration sometimes created by engines that oscillate at a certain frequency that can relax and sedate your muscles. When this happens and your body is in a poor position, your muscles have to work extra hard to support you. Make sure that the seat in your car is adjusted for proper posture so that you can sit upright on your sit bones. Otherwise, you may feel stiff and tired when you get out of your vehicle.
- Holding your phone between your neck and your shoulder: Cradling your phone between your shoulder and neck might be great for multi-tasking, but it’s going to strain the muscles in your neck, upper back, and shoulders. If you continue to do this, the strain on your muscles will eventually lead to an imbalance between one side of your neck and the other.
Most people make these mistakes every day. If you’re one of them, that's totally okay. The good news is that it's not too late to correct the problem. In addition to correcting these issues, our posture corrector can help keep your body in check whenever it may need it.