Some of my patients come to me complaining about backache. On many occasions this problem is a result of bad posture. Today we are going to give some advice on improving your postural habits. But first…why is it important to have good posture? First of all, good posture gives you a stress-free body and contributes to your good mood as you go on about your daily tasks with minimal or no strain/tiredness. It helps your ligaments and muscles function better and doesn’t put too much tension on your spine as opposed to bad posture.
What should you do?
a. Sitting at a desk
Don’t slouch: make sure you sit in a straight line; align your back with the back side of the chair and avoid sitting for too long as this can result in slouching. Keep your feet flat to the floor or crossed under your chair and if you are sitting at a computer, have your arms flexed and not straight out and make sure you support your elbows or forearms on the desk. Finally, sit comfortably at your desk so that you don’t stretch to see the screen, move your screen closer to you if needed and make sure that the top frame of your screen is in your eyes’ level.
b. Sitting when driving
The same advice applies for when you are driving; find the position which allows you to drive comfortably, without leaning forward, or pointing your toes to hit the break – which could mean you are too far away and you need to come forward. The back of your car seat should be raised enough so you are not slouching, your knees should not extend fully when you press the pedals. Again, don’t come too close as you will find yourself straining which does not do your back any favours.
In our next article we will be giving more advice and tips on how to improve your posture.
Book an appointment with Dr George on 020 8255 1881 to help you assess, correct and maintain your posture.