Posture doesn’t get a lot of attention when it comes to overall health and well-being. The fact is, however, that poor posture can cause everything from neck pain to breathing problems. This includes posture while standing and while sitting.
Poor posture can become a habit. We get so used to being slouched over while sitting or standing that we don’t even realize we are doing it. In fact, proper posture becomes the “uncomfortable” position. The more we give in to incorrect posture, the tougher the problem becomes to correct.
How Office Jobs Promote Poor Posture
If you sit at a desk and use a computer all day, then you are in one of the highest risk categories for posture problems. It’s very easy to hold your neck at the wrong angle all day while typing, looking at monitors, and talking on the phone.
The head should not be ahead of the shoulders. It should be situated directly above them. Unfortunately, we usually need to look down at a computer screen. That means leaning forward. The results are decreased stability for the shoulders, more curvature in the lumbar area, hips that tilt forward, and other musculoskeletal concerns.
Getting Control of Your Posture
How can you make sure that you are not putting undue stress on your spine while at work throughout the day? There are a number of things that can help:
- Take breaks – Don’t sit in front of your computer for more than 45 minutes straight. Even just a short walk back and forth to the bathroom, water fountain, or around the office will help.
- Lumber support – The right chair is vital, and one of the biggest factors is support for your lower back.
- An ergonomic office – Today, office suppliers provide everything from ergonomic chairs and keyboards to convertible desks that allow you to work while standing during part of the day.
- Stretching and exercise – Keeping the body strong and limber is important to maintaining posture.
Also, an upper cervical chiropractor such as Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Glendale, California can help to ensure your head is properly centered. This is done by adjusting the uppermost bones in the neck. Even a slight misalignment can affect posture and ultimately cause many other problems.
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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com