Stand Up Straight 3: Better Posture Starts Now!

In part 3 of the Stand Up Straight! posture series, our chiropractors talk to you about how you can start improving your posture.

What can I do? Have a qualified healthcare professional (chiropractor, medical doctor, massage therapist) analyze your posture and seek treatment. Along with treatment, you should be provided with some exercises and stretches that you can do on your own. Taking responsibility for your health is the most important step. This will strengthen those weak muscles and help prevent future occurrences of dysfunction.

Posture Improvement Tips:

  • Look Level As you look at the ground with your forward head posture, remember to “look level”. Think about raising your eyes and your head will follow. A good trick is to envision a piece of string that goes from your chin through to the back of your neck. Retract your chin as though someone is pulling this string from behind you.
  • Shoulders: Back & In Your hunched posture is largely contributed to by your shoulders being rounded forward. Think about rolling your shoulders backwards and towards the floor. Then, think about bringing your shoulder blades inwards together. You may feel like you are puffing your chest out, but if you look in the mirror, you’ll see that what feels awkward looks good.
  • Maintain an Arch Remember that your low back should always have a natural curve to it. You can do this by tipping your pelvis forward. To do this, put your hands on your hips with your 4 fingers in the front and your thumbs in the back. Using your thumbs, gently guide your pelvis slightly forward.
  • Change it Up! Make sure to change your position often. Varying your posture is important, especially if prolonged sitting is a common occurrence. Shake it out at least once an hour.
  • Smile Each time you remember to stand up straight with good posture, give yourself a pat on the back. You are taking an active role in improving your health.

Having good posture is about so much more than fixing muscular imbalances, and preventing future ailments. Taking an active role in your health is just the beginning of living a more conscientious and motivated lifestyle. So, stand up tall, put a smile on your face, and feel good about investing in your future. Until next time…

Stay Healthy,

Dr. Evelyn Lock

Streetsville Acupuncture - Mississauga

Port Credit Acupuncture - Mississauga