The importance of posture

Good posture starts with habits developed at an early age. However it is never too late to make changes to improve posture. Good posture ensures that you are not putting too much pressure on your joints and will help to prevent wear and tear (osteoarthritis ).

Sitting: Chair height should be where you can comfortably place both feet on the floor with the knees being slightly lower than the hips. The chair should have good support that follows the contours of your spine.

Standing: Good posture from a side view should have the ears, shoulder, hips, knees, and ankles all in a straight line. A good way to check is to stand with your back to the wall and see if your head, shoulders, buttocks, and heels can all touch the wall with just a hand’s space between the low back and wall.

Sleeping: The best sleeping position for the spine is on your back with a pillow under the knees. The pillow for your head should support the neck in a neutral position without flexing it too high or low. Sleeping on your side is next best but remember to put a pillow between the knees to keep the hips in line. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.

If any of the above postures are uncomfortable or hard to maintain, it could be an indicator that you have spinal dysfunction. Contact City Chiropractic at 091 567055 if you wish to avail of a complimentary consultation and spinal assessment.

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