Neck pain, back ache and an unsightly stoop – there are many nasty consequences of having bad posture, but what can we do to correct it? We’ve all been told as children to ‘sit up straight’ and ‘stop slouching’, but as adults we have more habits to break in order to correct our posture.
One of the main causes of bad posture is sitting at a computer all day, which is unavoidable if you work in an office. You can do things to help however. First of all, make sure your chair is fixed at a height that allows your knees to be bent at a 90 degree angle, with your feet flat to the floor. Secondly, your computer screen should be directly in front of you, with the top edge at eye level.
Looking down at a tablet while it’s resting on your lap can also cause real damage to your neck and spine, as we use our neck muscles to support our head when we do this. You should move your tablet to a level where you don’t have to look down and you should also move around when using a tablet for long periods of time.
One of the causes of back strain in females can be having large breasts. This can cause extreme discomfort, especially when exercising and sleeping. This factor cannot be controlled as breast size is for the most part genetically predisposed and in many cases doctors recommend breast reduction surgery.
Wearing high heels can also cause bad posture. According to foothealth.about.com, heels put added pressure on your forefoot, which forces you to adjust the rest of your body in order to balance properly. You should never wear heels for long periods of time and should always take a pair of flats to change into if your feet and back start to ache.
Handbags and man-bags can also have serious health effects. Rishi Loatey from the British Chiropractic Association told The Daily Mail recently that “Heavy man-bags — weighing, on average, 6.2 kg — put unbalanced strain and stress on the body, which can lead to pain, poor posture and health problems.” The key is to start using a rucksack or light pull-along suitcase instead and never over-pack your bag.
Now you know the main factors that can contribute to bad posture and its painful side-effects, you can start taking steps to correct your posture once and for all.