Back pain sitting in chair


How many of you have said those words about a nagging muscle or ligament problem? While slips on ice, trips over curbs and improper lifting can be the cause of those problems, there’s another culprit. Who or what is this guilty party? Poor posture. Yes, lying, sitting, standing and walking with poor posture can put major strain on your body.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Several factors contribute to poor posture — most commonly, stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles and high-heeled shoes. In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits also can contribute to poor body positioning.”

You can limit wear and tear by taking some of these steps to improve your posture:

Standing posture:
  • Hold your chest high.
  • Relax your shoulders and keep them back.
  • Pull in your abdomen and backside.
  • Don’t lock your knees or tilt your head in any direction.
  • Balance your weight on both feet.
  • Keep your feet parallel.