The modern lifestyle of people leads to the fact that the majority of the population has a problem with posture. I recently saw some statistics that 90% of Europeans have problems with the spine. The reasons are constant sitting, poor level of fitness and rare physical activity. Still, when the back muscles are not strong enough, your spine experiences constant load. This problem is particularly acute in people who have overweight.
So quite a few people are interested in the question of how to correct their posture. Actually, this topic is quite complex and requires a comprehensive study. Therefore, before doing any exercises, using techniques and methods, consult your doctor. You really need to do it, even if you don’t want to sit in queues. Perhaps you have some deviations in health status so you cannot engage in any physical activity because you can easily hurt yourself.
Actually, I rummaged a lot of information on this topic, but only the book Forward Head Posture FIX by Rick Kaselj and Mike Westerdal has the technique that gives good results. Be sure to download this PDF guide by the link on this page. Constant stooping while working at the desk causes our spine to memorizes such position, and then the spine uses this position when walking and in other activities.
Think about how often you see people who stoop constantly? I see them very often. And this happens unconsciously. Even if you specifically try to keep your back straight, you can be distracted and your spine will return to its original position.
Poor posture is the cause of many health problems. It may be chronic headaches, pain in the area of heart, neck, bottom back. Moreover, if you do not pay attention to the problem, it can lead to more serious consequences.
First, you should determine how wrong your posture is, as well as you should understand what this term means. This will allow you to figure out how to straighten your back more effectively.
Posture is the position of the parts of the body (not including limbs) of a person that characterizes a human during his activity or rest. Posture is considered the correct when the shoulders are apart, belly is tucked up, back is straight, you hold head high and your knees are not bent. Unfortunately, not a lot of people have such a posture.
The following steps will allow you to understand whether you have the correct posture:
- Stand back to the wall;
- Keep your legs together and straighten them at the knees;
- Press your head, shoulders, and heels to the wall;
- Keep natural position, not trying to stand correctly;
- Swipe a palm between the lower back and the wall. If it passes freely, then the posture is correct. The harder you do it, the more problems you have.
How you can straighten your posture
To straighten your posture, at first, you have to eliminate the other negative factors that make your posture wrong. This is manifested, perhaps, in all our activities. If you want to achieve a really good result, try to follow these guidelines:
Try to rely on both feet with equal force. This will allow you to evenly distribute the load on the spine and it will not have to bend;
Try to keep your shoulders straightened. Many of us hunch their shoulders unconsciously, especially if we sit at the table;
Always try to keep your head upright. You will notice that you are able to breathe easier, and you feel better. You can give yourself some reminder which would tell you that it’s time to raise your head up;
When you have to carry heavy things, try to distribute the load equally in both hands and keep your back as straight as possible;
Using the bag, change your hands constantly, so as not to cause the curvature of your spine;
Try to walk in shoes with high heels not too often. It largely increases the load, that our spine gets. Do you really want to understand how to correct your posture at home?
Try not to pinch the phone between ear and shoulder during phone conversations;
Special attention must be given to your workplace. If possible, adjust your workplace so that your thighs were parallel to the floor and were on the same level as your knees. This will reduce unnecessary load.
Forward Head Posture FIX by Mike Westerdal & Rick Kaselj