We often find ourselves slouching, and this is the reason why many parents tell their children to stop slouching or to bring their shoulders back. Does it really matter that we have a good posture? What difference does posture really make? In truth, posture does make a difference.
Researches have found out that many people suffering from back and neck injuries, do so because of repetitive misuse. Repetitive misuse is precisely the definition of poor posture. Our spine has its own natural curves. If you walk around with a bad posture, you are preventing your spine from maintaining its natural curves, which can result in injury. The spine’s natural curves are maintained in those who have good posture. Then the job is done by spine-stabilizing muscles.
Poor posture causes repetitive misuse to the spine since people are not aware of it. There is no one informing people about poor posture and how to avoid it. Achieving good posture can actually done in some easy ways which we shall see below.
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Placing the head too far forward, backward, upward or downward, will not give you good posture. A slight chin tuck is the ideal placement of the head. This means that your head should appear like you have a double chin.
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It is true that a person who has good posture has his shoulders back. Thank your mother for scolding all those times. It is something that sounds easy to do yet, we forget or we are not conscious that we are not doing it. Here is one tip to know if your shoulders are properly positioned. With palms facing behind you, stand up and place your arms at your side. What you need to do is to rotate your thumbs all the way out until you cannot rotate them any further. In this position, your shoulder is then in the position for proper posture. You can now return your hands to any position you want but maintain proper shoulder position.
Another important thing to remember for a proper posture is to understand how to maintain a low back curve, but many people find it difficult to do so. Although all positions are important for a good posture, yet the low back curve is the most important of them all. You can place your low back in the proper position if you imaging stretching your head up toward the ceiling or the sky.
If you implement these tips, you will walk around with proper posture. The tips that were given above are not really difficult things to do and this means that it is possible to achieve proper posture in a very easy way. Knowing what to do is the key to having proper posture. Eliminating what most people complain about, that is, back and neck pain, is very possible by having a proper posture.