Your spine is the foundation for everything you do. Taking care of it needs to be top priority. Being your backbone, it holds your body upright and helps turn your head, moves your limbs, lets you bend down, and so much more.
Stress on the spine may put a strain on your health by
- hindering immunity,
- producing mild to extreme discomfort,
- causing restless sleep, and
- making everyday activities difficult and unenjoyable.
Problems with spine health can stem from everyday activities such as working, physical activities, and sleeping to extreme amounts of stress.
One of the best ways to ensure spinal health is to keep a good posture. A good posture will relieve any unnecessary pressure on your spine. Pay attention to your body and make sure you aren’t feeling pain or strain in your back and neck muscles. While standing in place, try to achieve a “neutral pelvis”. A neutral pelvis happens when the top of your pelvis is parallel to the floor. If you can’t imagine that, try to imagine a string from the top of your head pulling upward from the sky to keep your spine straight. Other points to look for are:
- Keep your head up and facing forward as much as possible.
- Pull your shoulders back so your back is not bent outward and your chest does not appear to concave.
Causes of Poor Posture
If you’re like many working people and sit at a desk for a living, it’s increasingly important to learn how to have a good posture, not only while standing, but also while sitting. Sitting in a stiff chair can get uncomfortable and cause you to slouch which puts more stress on your spine.
Office work often includes the use of a computer. Problems such as glare, poor positioning of a computer screen, and an uncomfortable chair can create problems for your spine. A glare can cause you to move into an awkward position in order to get a good view of the content on the screen. Having the screen at a position lower or higher than eye level will cause strain on your neck and back, causing pain over just a short period of time.
Even sleeing with bad positioning can cause neck and back pain. The best position to stay asleep is on your back with proper pillow usage. A pillow that gives just enough support but not too much height is best because it will keep your spine aligned throughout the night, helping you wake up feeling rested and relaxed.
When you have achieved a good posture, you strengthen your spine and the muscles surrounding it. Lifting or activities, such as bowling and golfing, become easier and pain-free, letting you enjoy life and your favorite hobbies.