When it comes to aches and pains, we often simply accept our fate and assume that little niggles and twinges are just a part of getting older, but this doesn’t have to be the case and, in fact, you may well find that how you’re feeling physically has a lot to with posture and how you hold yourself.
Practising good posture will ensure that your bones and joints are kept in alignment, which will help prevent wear and tear on the surface of your joints and not put extra stress on your ligaments, which will in turn help your muscles work more efficiently.
But what exactly is good posture?
Well, when you’re standing up, you should aim to stand as straight and as tall as you can, your shoulders back and your head kept level and in line with the rest of your body. Engage your core and pull your abdomen in, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Avoid locking your knees out and make sure that your legs are engaged, as well.
Working on core strength can be particularly useful in maintaining good standing posture and you’ll quickly feel the difference if you get your abs and abdominal muscles working in your favour.
As for good sitting posture, make sure that you keep both feet flat on the floor or on a footrest. Your knees should be at hip level or below it and you should avoid crossing your legs, with your ankles kept in front of your knees and a gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
Your head and neck should be kept in line with your torso and you should aim to keep your shoulders relaxed. If you work at a computer, keep your forearms parallel to the ground if you can. You may find it beneficial to invest in an ergonomic chair to help give you further support.
If you’re not sure about how to stand or sit, or perhaps you’re feeling a few aches and pains that just won’t go away, get in touch with us today to find out how physiotherapy could be beneficial.