7 Tips to Achieve the Correct Posture to Avoid Back Pain ...

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Iโ€™ve heard many a time in my life that until youโ€™ve experienced back pain, you can honestly have no idea of how debilitating it can be.

That alone makes me want to be certain I do anything I can to avoid it (Iโ€™m such a wuss!) I spend 90% of my day hunched over a keyboard, which, along with millions of office workers, puts me at risk of developing back pain simply because of poor posture.

I regularly correct my sitting position when Iโ€™m working and you should too.

These tips will help.

1. Understand What Good Posture is

Good posture means simply keeping your body in alignment.

It includes a straight back, squared shoulders, chin up, chest out, stomach in, and feet forward.

There are several tips to achieve the correct posture.

To correct your posture, look at the side of your body in a mirror.

The earlobe should align with the shoulder and the hip.

This pose should not hurt.

If it does, check to be sure youโ€™re not forcing your back into an unnatural position.

2. Teach Your Body What Good Posture Feels like

Stand against a wall.

Good posture means the back of your head, your shoulders, and your butt will be touching the wall.2

It may feel awkward at first, especially if you have bad posture, but you should try to replicate this body stance throughout the day, and soon it will no longer feel awkward.

It sometimes helps to use a memory jogger, like a reminder that pops up on your phone or associating posture with a certain color, so that when you see that color you think of your posture and straighten up.2

Correct posture may alleviate pain and stress in the shoulders, neck, and back.

3. Sitting Posture

If you are sitting at a desk, be sure youโ€™re sitting on a chair thatโ€™s ergonomically correct and provides support for your back.

If proper back support is not available, use a pillow.

Keep your shoulders straight and squared and your head upright.

Both feet should be flat on the ground or a footrest.

If sitting on a sofa or easy chair, be sure the seat does not sink too deeply and that your back is supported.

Posture at the Keyboard
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