What Are Some Effective Methods to Correct Bad Posture
Author: Sutapa Sarkar
“Bad posture is increasingly becoming a problem for more and more people today. One explanation for it may be the fact that so many people are hunched over computers all the time. They work in front of a computer, and they also spend leisure time in front of a computer as they visit social networking sites or play PC games. Bad computer posture can
lead to back pains, the most common effect of bad posture in general. To remedy the situation, one can make a conscious effort to sit straight when working at the computer, get the best office chair that promotes good posture, and if back pain is experienced, try out yoga, stretching and back pain exercises.
Below are more tips on how to have proper computer posture:
• Get an ergonomic chair with an adjustable backrest and firm padding. This is the best kind of computer office chair. The backrest should be snug against your back, and slightly curved in such a way as to adapt to the natural inward curve of your lumbar spine. Sit properly so that your back makes contact with the backrest. Do not sit with your legs crossed.
• If you are hunched over while working on your computer, try adjusting the level of the
monitor. In many cases, the monitor is placed too low. On the other hand, if it is too high, you will crane your neck, and that’s not good either. The ideal is to have the top of the monitor at eye level.
• Always make a conscious effort to check your sitting posture, and correct it if needed. It is easy to forget how you’re sitting when you are engrossed on something on the screen.
Aside from being conscious about having good computer posture, be conscious of your
posture too while standing, walking and sitting elsewhere. Whenever you sit down, pretend you are sitting on a “posture chair” where you should have your back straight. Make a mental note to correct yourself whenever you slouch. Bad posture is often due to the habit of how you carry yourself, and it will take a while before you can undo that habit. To unlearn it, replace it with the new habit of always checking your posture and adjusting it as needed.
How to improve posture requires that you know what good posture is. Good posture means standing with the spine straight, not rigidly so but more or less relaxed. Your shoulders should be rolled back, your two feet should be evenly planted on the floor, and your chin should be parallel to the floor. Your whole stance shouldn’t feel rigid or uncomfortable.
For people who already are experiencing back pain, conscious posture correction may not be enough. What they can do is to consult a physician, especially if the pain becomes severe. Your doctor can recommend exercises to correct your posture. Hopefully, he won’t have to recommend braces or even surgery, which is a last-resort option for serious back
problems and spinal abnormalities. If you are so inclined, you can also consult experts in alternative medicine. A chiropractor can relieve your back pain as well as teach you good posture exercises. A yoga instructor can teach you the specific postures of yoga for back pain.
Good posture tips also include having a firm mattress to sleep on at night. People spend hours asleep, and when they frequently do so in an awkward posture because of a mattress that’s too soft, it can defeat all their daytime efforts to maintain good posture.”
About the Author
I am a First Class First Alternative English Graduate. Since last six years I am writing articles for various newspaper and advertisement agencies. Its kind of both passion and profession for me.