Your back is for life and it is always good to look after it best way you can.
One element that is vital is to learn how to have and maintain great posture.
Many of us have imbalances and poor posture that over time can cause us minor to serious issues and pain.
Here are just 5 simple ways you can help to improve your posture when sitting.
1.Keep your heels, back and neck in alignment and you r legs at a 90% angle to your body. If necessary use a foot support to raise your legs so this can be achieved.
2. Do not sit for long periods of time. If you can get up, move about, stretch every 30 -60 minutes. If you are at home this should be easier to do . If in an office or work environment then a short walk to the water cooler or to make a drink or to the shredder /photocopier etc will do without it being too obvious.
3. A good back support that suits you can be a great assett. I have used one since I got back pain and it is very, very helpful. It also makes chairs that are not really good for backs much more comfortable. As I have to visit different places in my job and sometimes have long meetings, this is extremely important to me. I am just finshing off a page about back supports which I will post here soon for your information.
4.Another tool you can utilise is an exercise ball. I have one I sometimes use at home and I like it. I find it helps me sit in a better position as I am prone to slouch or get into bad posture after a while at the computer.
5. If you are a computer user do ensure that it is placed at the correct height tand postion for you. You should be able to see the screen comfortably at your normal eyeline and your hands and lower arms should be comfortable in a straight line at the keyboard. if this is not the case please change or get it altered.
So just a few things you can bear in mind to help you help yourself.
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