Let’s face it, many of us have been told to sit up straight our whole lives. But what’s the big deal about it? Does sitting up straight actually offer any benefits?
It does. Our parents and elementary school teachers might have actually been onto something, and our team at AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte explains why below.
What Does Good Posture Entail?
Good posture is when your body is properly aligned while sitting or standing. The key to good posture, though, is the position of your spine.
Your spine has three natural curves: your neck, your mid-back and your lower back. Correct posture should maintain these curves but not increase them. Your head should be above your shoulders, and the top of your shoulder should be over the hips. We’ve listed some ways your body can be affected if you don’t consistently maintain proper posture below.
Negative Effects of Poor Posture
- Spine curvature
- Back pain
- Increased neck and headaches
- Poor sleep and sleep disruptions
- Disrupted the digestive system
How Can I Make My Posture Better?
The best way to improve your posture is by knowing what good posture entails (as we’ve explained above) and staying mindful of your body’s alignment throughout the day.
Since you know what good posture is supposed to look like, correct yourself if you notice yourself slouching or curling up. It can be annoying to constantly correct yourself in the beginning, but practice makes perfect!
Benefits of Good Posture
- Easier ability to breathe
- Relief of chronic back pain
- Improved mood
- Boosts digestive health
- Fewer headaches
- A healthier, stronger looking core
We hate to be like your parents and school teachers, but remember to sit and stand up straight! The proper alignment of your body can really make a difference in your overall health. If you experience any posture-related pain, don’t hesitate to stop by AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte today.