When you work all day writing in front of a desk or working on the computer, it’s hard to remain mindful of your posture. The more you concentrate on what you’re doing, the more your back hunches forward. You can get completely used to such poor posture that even when you’re no longer working, you continue to slouch.
At first, it would seem like it’s the most relaxed position for your body, but eventually, your back will protest and you’ll feel it;there will be tension knots at the base of your neck and around your shoulders. Plus, those “blunt” back pains will become more frequent, and then they’ll morph into more complicated aches – the type that radiates through different parts of the body. And not only these — when you look at yourself in the mirror, you will notice that your body doesn’t look as good as it used to.
One thing’s for sure: Slouching doesn’t do the body any good, and if you want to prevent all the negative effects it causes, it’s best to correct your posture now. But breaking a bad habit is rarely easy; it requires strong commitment. As simple as posture correction may seem, it can definitely be a struggle for it’s not just limited to the way you sit and stand – the correct posture will require you to train your body to sit, stand, walk, lie down and carry things holding the right neutral position, where there’s the least strain placed on all the muscles and ligaments. You’re going to have to fully modify your movements and even rely on “external” support.
When it comes to external support, a chiropractor or pain specialist may be of great help, especially in helping you understand what’s wrong with your posture that’s causing you pain. They will observe how you move your body as you sit, stand and walk. After identifying what’s wrong with your posture, they will then recommend a number of solutions for you to try. These can include: better footwear; binders; different lumbar support products like pillows and ergonomically designed chairs; exercises; diet; the correct way of working on the computer; the right alignment of arms and wrists; chiropractic tune-ups; and so much more.
Now, if it’s been determined that your bad posture is the result of a more complicated condition like scoliosis, osteoporosis, or spinal injury, the posture correction solutions are likely to be more radical. A corrective surgical procedure, or long-term wear of those really stiff back braces, may be recommended to you. These are both effective not only in restoring the right posture of your body but also in effectively treating pain.
Whether your poor posture was caused by bad habits, an injury or a complex health condition, you can benefit greatly from immediate posture correction – pains will cease, you will move more comfortably, and the quality of your life will also improve.