Correct Your Posture

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Back pain, a consequence of poor posture

Kenneth Lee, Contributor

May is Correct Your Posture Month. This is a month where attention is called to having and keeping good posture. Your posture is very important as it affects your long-term health. Whether you have good or poor posture will greatly affect your health in the future.

There are many consequences that come with poor posture that everyone regrets. The most commonly known form is back pain. Other forms include spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders, and a potbelly. All of these effects of poor posture are not something you want. Back pain will lead to constant and unending discomfort. Spinal curvature will put your body at risk for serious injury according to the Integrated Rehabilitation Services, as “spines are built to absorb shock, but bad posture can deteriorate this ability.”

To have good posture when sitting according to the National Library of Medicine, “Switch positions often, take brief walks, and gently stretch your muscles every so often to relieve muscle tension. You should also keep your feet on the floor, relax your shoulders so that they are not rounded or pulled backwards, keep your elbows in close to your body bent between 90 and 120 degrees, and make sure that your back, thighs, and hips are supported. Use support like a back pillow if your chair doesn’t have a backrest that can support your lower back’s curve. Your seat should be well-padded, and your thighs and hips should be parallel to the floor.

“When standing, you should stand straight with your shoulders back. Pull your stomach in, keep your head level, and put most of your weight on the balls of your feet. Let your arms hang naturally as well.”

Your posture is extremely important, so make sure to maintain good posture whenever you can. Even if it isn’t May, stay aware of your posture to stay healthy in the long run.