Take stock of your posture right now
The most common poses when working are: sitting and standing. Chances are you could benefit from a quick posture adjustment. It goes like this:
- Sit up straight and look straight ahead with your head balanced atop your spine.
- Move your butt to the back of your chair.
- Pull your navel in toward your spine and up toward your ribs.
- Roll your shoulders back and down
- Drop your tailbone down toward the floor.
- Make sure you feel as though there is a straight line between your head and tailbone.
Chances are this position feels awkward- it may even hurt a bit. That is your muscles adjusting to the position they are supposed to be able to hold. Let the shame sink into those muscles and take a moment to realize that this is what good posture looks like. We need to make this the norm- but how?
It starts by establishing good postural awareness
You won't be able to hold this position for long, at least at first. Your shoulders will start to creep up and forward, you will begin to lean in toward your computer and all your good work will be undone. But as soon as you catch yourself doing this, correct! Reset to the position established above. This is called postural awareness and simply performing that tucking of the tummy and relaxing of the shoulders begins to train and condition your muscles to maintain a more appropriate posture.
Making good posture easier with the help of Espinosa Family Chiropractic
At our office in Sacramento, we go further by maintaining the muscles and structures that matter for keeping you upright. We focus on stretching and elongating the overly tight postural muscles, and strengthening the overly-weak and under-used phasic muscles that can add stability into your postural life. If you are interested in changing your postural health for the better, give our office in Sacramento a call to schedule an appointment today.