A good posture is so important, yet most of us have the bad habit of slouching, sitting improperly at our desks, or hunching our shoulders while we stand. At Midtown Physiotherapy Toronto we see patients every day who have bad back pain as a result of a poor posture. Most of us share the same bad habits, so it’s easy to brush them off as normal. We assure you, just because it’s normal to hunch your back or hike your shoulders up to your ears doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
Good posture helps contribute to good musculoskeletal health, which, when looked after, allows us to live day-to-day in comfort, and perform rudimentary tasks with ease. However, poor posture can contribute to musculoskeletal problems which can lead to chronic pain. So do as your mother told you and stand up straight. We’ve put together some simple but essential tips on how to improve your posture and look after your musculoskeletal health in the process.
When You’re Sitting…
We all slouch when we’re sitting at our desk doing our daily work. Even if we’re just at home seated at the kitchen table, slouching happens all the time. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you’re sitting down for long periods of time to keep your posture in check.
When You’re Standing…
It’s easy to slouch when we’re sitting at a desk for hours on end, but we must also remember to keep an eye on how we’re standing. Keep these tips in mind to keep your posture in check.
If you follow these simple tips, you should have absolutely no problems keeping your posture in check. But always remember to add a little bit of movement every hour or so whenever possible. Even if it’s just a little walking on the spot, or down the hall to grab a glass of water, every little bit helps.
Midtown Physiotherapy is a Toronto physiotherapy clinic offering client-centred and evidence-based treatment to help you get back to what you love. We offer appointments at our Yonge and St. Clair location, as well as home services for those unable to come to us.