Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

What is Good Posture?

share to

Common phrases like “stand up straight” and “sit up tall” all refer to correcting your posture. But what exactly are we trying to fix and what does good posture look like? According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, there are two types of posture: dynamic and static. Dynamic posture is how you carry your body in movement such as running or walking. Static posture, the focus of this blog, is the position you hold your body while standing, sitting, or lying down.

Good posture is frequently forgotten as an important contributor to long-term health. Maintaining good posture minimizes strain on your spine and its supporting muscles, ligaments, and tendons which consequently prevents pain and injuries. Constant slouching or slumping can result in degradation of the spine making it more fragile and prone to injuries like herniated discs. It can also decrease flexibility, reduce joint mobility, cause neck, shoulder, and back pain, disturb balance, and even increase difficulty in breathing and digestion.

The key to good standing posture is supporting the natural curvature of your spine without overemphasizing any of the three curves: neck, mid-back and low back. When standing, imagine a rope connected at three points on your body: head, shoulders, and hips, this rope should always be tight and straight. 3 points to remember for proper standing alignment:

  1. Line earlobes with the middle of your shoulders.
  2. Keep shoulders back, knees straight, and back straight.
  3. Tighten your abs but avoid tilting your pelvis forward.

Many of us work in environments that require us to sit for 8+ hours a day and at some point, we cross our legs and begin to slouch into a more comfortable position. As relaxing as these positions feel, they do not provide the best support for your spine and its associated muscles.    For the best sitting posture, sit with your glutes touching the back of the chair, keeping your back straight, and relaxing your shoulders. The backrest of your chair should support the curve of your lower back. Uncross those legs and keep your feet flat on the floor! Crossing your legs shifts your pelvic alignment which can consequently affect the alignment of the rest of your body. Take frequent stretch breaks or quick strolls because sitting for an extended period in one position puts stress and strain in one area.

To get a personal postural assessment or examination of office ergonomics, contact us to learn more about our Corporate Ergonomic Wellness Workshops and how we can help you improve your posture.

Travel Tips for the Holidays

Exercise for Pain Management

Breathing for Relaxation and More!

Who is Kelsey Zamoyski?

Thriving while Working from Home

REVIEWS FROM GOOGLE

Yaacov
Kelsey and Tara are great at what they do and very caring as well.
Meryll Bettahar
What an amazing place ! They are doing an exceptional job on me to help me recover from my shoulder injury, Mayra my therapist is incredibly skilled, she is making me seeing huge recovery results after just a few sessions. She is passionate by her job and so qualified !! Thank you so much for helping me !!!
Lucy Steinvortz
Best therapists ever! From almost not being able to move my right arm, to going back to my weight lifting exercises, to my yoga and to do everything I want in only a couple of months! They have all the Covid-19 precautions needed and they take excellent care of there patients. They also have the best cupping sessions! I really recommend.

Copyright © Defy Therapy And Wellness Clinic. All rights reserved.

Sign Up To Receive Updates On Health Tips, Community Events And Clinic Updates!

CONTACT US
(786) 955-6912
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OFFICE HOURS
MON - FRI 8:00am - 5:00pm
SAT (By Appointment Only)
LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

15807 Biscayne Blvd #113
North Miami Beach, FL 33160