Lifestyle Changes that Can Improve Your Posture

heelsIf you’ve every thrown your back out, then you know how painful it is. It can make everyday tasks difficult to perform, including just dressing yourself. If you suffer from back pain and have a tendency to throw your back out, then there are some lifestyle changes you can make aside from seeing a chiropractor that can improve your back health.

Limit Sitting

When you sit in one posture at your desk, for example, your muscles can lock you into that position. This can cause issues with your overall health, and also lead you to neck, back and shoulder pain from poor posture.

If you think about it, our ancestors didn’t lead a sedentary lifestyle and neither should we. It’s important to move around on a regular basis in order to not only lessen your aches and pains, but also to promote health.

A Better Workspace

If you spend a lot of time at a desk then it will be worth your while to invest in a fancy ergonomic chair that is friendlier to your back. You can also make your desk into a standing desk that will allow you to switch between standing and sitting all day long.

Your Pelvic Floor

The muscles that make up your pelvic floor are at the base of your spine. They support it in a way that other muscles will not, so if your pelvic floor is weak then this could lead to back pain. It’s important to do exercises that strengthen these muscles as well as work on strengthening your core to keep your spine in proper alignment. If you find you are battling throwing your back out a lot then this could be your problem.

Sleep

The best position for your spine is to sleep on your back. You should put a pillow under your knees and relax your arms by your side or on your stomach. You may move around during the night, but falling asleep in this position at the very least is good for your back.

Don’t Be a Slave to Fashion

High heels are bad for you back, so it’s best to limit how often you wear them, perhaps only donning them on very special occasions and for a short period of time. They cause your balance to shift forward, and that strains your lower back. If you wear heels too much it can cause your calf muscles to shorten and that will lead to some serious misalignment when you walk around without them.

If you have any questions about how you can change some of your lifestyle habits in order to improve your back health, talk to your chiropractor!

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