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How to Improve Posture for a Healthy Back

A lot of people underestimate the power of great posture, why your posture is so important, and the endless benefits it can have on your lifestyle.

For most people, their time is more than likely spent sat at a desk or in their car driving, stood up for long periods of time, lifting things, spent looking after kids, or sat on the sofa watching the latest television series. If you have bad posture doing these things throughout your day, and it isn’t dealt with correctly, it can seriously affect you and your lifestyle in the long run.

What Is Your Posture?

Your posture is, quite simply, the position of your body.  This is everything from the way you hold your body and the way your limbs move when you’re sitting, standing, and even lying down.  Having a good posture means that you’re putting the least amount of strain on your muscles and joints, allowing proper blood and oxygen flow, and putting yourself at a lower risk of developing joint and muscle issues in the future.  

Why Is Posture So Important?

Our posture is vitally important, by having good posture you relieve pressure off your back, keep your nerves and blood vessels healthy, and support your muscles, ligaments and tendons.  People who look after their posture and hold themselves correctly are less likely to experience back and neck pain, which can lead to life-changing problems such as Sciatica.  

Having good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, and relax in a way where there is the least amount of strain on your muscles and ligaments whilst you’re moving, lifting things, sitting down, and sleeping.  

What Happens If I Don’t Look After My Posture?

Poor posture can cause problems with blood circulation in your body, can cause chronic fatigue as you aren’t allowing your lungs to fill up with oxygen correctly, and cause chronic pain in your neck, back and shoulders.  If you don’t watch your posture and the way you’re moving, this can cause long-term problems, which could end up leading to something called herniated spinal discs (slipped disks), sciatica, and misalignment throughout your entire body.

What Can I Do To Improve My Posture?

The solution for fixing your posture lies not only in putting some (if not all) of these actions in place, but also by committing to these top tips for the long run. It may not be a quick fix but you will be easing your pain in the long-term.

These healthy habits are something that everyone needs to incorporate into their life.

Our Top Tips To Improve Your Posture And Prevent Back Pain…

Here are our top 3 tips to help you improve your posture and prevent you from getting back pain!

1. Sit up Straight

This tip might seem obvious, but you’d be astonished by how many people go through their day-to-day life slouching, and not taking care of their back.  If you have an office job, then adjusting your seating when you’re sat down for a long period of time is the first step to taking care of your back. The features of the chair you sit on are there for a reason – to make you feel supported!  

2. Stand up Straight 

If you stand up at work, then standing up as straight as possible really does help.  I know it can feel like a relief to rest your body weight on one leg whilst giving the other leg a break, but this is pretty much how not to stand. Make sure that you’re spreading your body weight evenly across both legs, this helps to keep your posture right and helps you to feel more comfortable whilst you’re standing.  

3. Move

Get up and move! 

The best time to get up and moving is when you feel your body start to slouch a little and you begin to find it hard to keep a comfortable position.  Try to get up from your chair every 30-minutes or so and do a few stretches or walk around for a few minutes. Think of this as a tea break for your body, once you’ve done this, you’ll more than likely feel refreshed and ready to start working again or to get on with your day.

How can you live with less back pain?

If you have back pain you will be glad to know you are not alone as we have treated a lot of clients with the same issue and they have fully recovered. Most of the clients do admit that they thought the pain would go away with painkillers and without treatment but the pain got worse and they got frustrated even more. Does this sound like you?  With you in mind, we have put together a Free Back Pain Report below to help you with your back pain.

Click here to download https://t4physio.co.uk/free…/back-pain-advice-sheet/

Alternatively, Contact us today to book your FREE session on 01204 576804 or email info@t4physio.com the first session is FREE because we want to make sure YOU make the right decision if physiotherapy treatment is the best option for you

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