With so many people working from home and in general spending almost every waking moment at their house means sitting and even standing at a desk is happening much more. During this time making sure you are keeping good posture can assist in preventing future pain, or making sure your current ailments are not irritated even more.
Pain management does not only happen at the doctor’s office. Georgia Pain & Spine Care is here to provide some tips with all this time in one place to keep your mindset on good posture. If you do have any questions regarding any pain you may be having or even information on how to manage it better we do offer telehealth services so don’t hesitate to reach out. Our spines are not meant to be in odd positions for a long period of time and the more that we keep them correctly positioned the less pain a person will feel.
For example, have you ever been watching a movie on the couch and not realizing it but go to get up and either feel pain or need time to adjust? That is a BAD POSTURE in the works!
What is Posture?
This is the position that we hold our bodies when we are sitting, standing, or even when we are lying down. The goal of Good posture is when your body is in the correct alignment and all the body parts are being properly supported. Most of the time our muscles will keep our body posture in place.
Good Sitting Posture:
- Keep your feet on the floor and not tucked under a leg or dangling, if you need to use a footrest for stability.
- Do not cross your feet, but instead always keep your ankles in front of the seat, and not tucked back.
- Your knees should never be above your hips.
- Ensure your back has support in both the low and mid parts of your back.
- Keep your shoulders relaxed with your forearms parallel to the ground.
- Most of all avoid sitting for too long and every 30-45 minutes if possible get up and move around a little.
Good Standing Posture:
- Try to make your weight rest mostly on the balls of your feet.
- Do not lock out your knees, but instead keep a slight bend.
- Your feet should be as wide as your shoulders.
- Tuck in your stomach and have your shoulders pulled back not to slouch
- If standing for a long time move your weight from your toes to your heals
These are just some tips for proper posture, but now you might be asking why? So many are working from home now that you need to have the right tools for the job. That means if you choose to use a standing desk keeping those standing tips on your mind, or if you find that your work attire is now sweatpants and a teeshirt sitting for hours comes too easy.
Tools For The Posture Correctness
- If you are using a standing desk make sure it is at the right height for your shoulders and consider using a fatigue mat.
- An office chair with proper support has never been more important if needed maybe ask your boss if you can take the one from your work home. This is so important for good posture as a quality chair will have proper lumbar support and height adjustments.
- Believe it or not routine exercise to keep your supportive muscles strong.
- Last and most important keeping how your posture is at all times on the front of your mind. Make it a goal to think about how you are sitting or standing and if you can improve it. If some back pain is starting reflect on how your posture is and why that might be happening.
Georgia Pain & Spine Care is here to help in any way so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on this. We have offices in Peachtree City, Lagrange, and Newnan with a team of doctors that put patients first. We are all getting through this together so, during these times on the couch, floor or seat let’s keep our bodies healthy as possible.