The word posture is used to describe how your body is positioned when you're sitting, standing or lying down. Proper posture is important for a number of reasons but this is something which we take for granted & don't care a lot about. So, here are a few everyday mistakes which we commit and that lead to a slouched posture or bad posture.
- Wearing over-weighted backpacks or purses: Wearing heavy backpacks or purses can literally harm your posture. These posture killers can be particularly stressful, especially those always worn over the same shoulder. This is a big problem, for both adults and kids. A heavy bag or purse puts excessive stress on the neck and shoulders and can cause both tension and pressure on the vertebrae.
- Sitting and working 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, the neck is forced 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 or by using a laptop screen for long periods. This poor position also results in a slouched posture for the spine, contributing to upper and lower back issues.
- Slouching while driving, flying, or taking the train: Studies show that the vibration created by engines can oscillate at a frequency that relaxes and sedates your muscles, so your body is in a poor position and your muscles have to work extra hard to support you. Make sure that the seat in your car is adjusted so that you can sit upright properly when driving. When you sit in a car, or on a train, the vibration of the engine makes your muscles relax and that makes the effects of slouching even worse. That’s part of the reason why you feel so stiff and tired when getting out of your car after a long journey.
- 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 your neck muscles, upper back, and your shoulders. Over time, if you continue to do this, the strain that you are putting on your muscles will lead to an imbalance between one side of your neck and the other. Cradling the phone between your shoulder and your face leads to neck strain, upper back muscle adhesions, trigger points and inflammation in the neck joints.
Most of the people do all these mistakes on any given day. If you’re one of them, that’s a bad news. The good news is that the posture corrector helps you reverse some of the damage done to your back. It helps to attain a good posture and reverse the posture-related problems on regular usage.