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    The cute way your booty wiggles when you walk. That anti-establishment slouch you developed. Your Sharon Stone imitation. One of these postures may have become your signature, but it could be wreaking havoc on your back.

    Here are some common posture mistakes most people make. Learn how to fix some of these postures so they don’t cause chronic pain.

    1. Pelvis Forward

    Also known as lordosis, people who stand this way may be doing so in an attempt to relieve back pain, but lumbar lordosis can cause its own pain and also affect the range of movement. It sometimes develops after childbirth because the baby has pulled the pelvis forward.

    2. Hunchback

    This is the chronic posture of the 21st century, because so many of us are hunched over computers, tablets and phones all day. This leads to tightness in the chest and a weak upper back. Eventually, you might end up with permanent rounding of the upper back, or kyphosis.

    3. Leaning on One Leg

    Also known as the ‘streetwalker stance’, leaning on one leg may seem like a comfortable way to offload weight, but it puts too much pressure on one side of your lower back and hip instead of letting your core and glutes do the work.

    It’s important to fix this posture with your weight evenly distributed on both legs, and to not carry heavy bags that force you to lean to one side.

    4. Forward Head Posture

    Look at a photo of yourself in profile. Is your head thrust forward? This can be caused by staring at a computer screen, or leaning forward straining to hear the TV. It’s important to fix this posture by keeping your line of sight level, rather than correcting this by lifting your head upwards.

    5. Crossed Legs When Sitting

    As sexy as those screen sirens may look, their lower backs are probably on fire. Though this position probably feels natural by now, it causes chronic slouching. Practice uncrossing your legs and sitting up straight with both feet on the floor.

    6. Rounded Shoulders

    Also known as ‘caveman stance’, this posture is characterized by forward-facing (though not dragging!) knuckles, when your arms are hanging by your sides. Rounded shoulders is an indication of a tight chest and a weak upper back.

    7. Slouching in a Chair

    As any teen can tell you, slumping may feel more comfortable than sitting up straight because it requires less effort, but all that pressure is being placed on the lower back. It signifies a weak core and puts undue strain on your ligaments, joints and other soft tissues.

    Does Bad Posture Mean You Need a Chiropractor?

    When negative physical effects result from bad posture, and it affects the way you live, it may be time to seek help from a chiropractor.

    At Proactive Chiropractic, we see bad posture habits every day and have the expertise to treat the resulting stiffness, soreness and pain.  By correcting problems of the soft tissues, tendons, muscles, and ligaments safely, naturally and effectively, you can return to your daily routine feeling more productive and comfortable.

    If you’re experiencing pains from poor posture, contact us today for a consultation.

     

Comments

  • When I sit on my chair I sit on the edge of the chair and lean back. My back doesn’t even touch the back of the chair just my head. Most times I sleep in my chair like this too. LOL

  • Hi Paul, comfort is important, but you also have to remember that keeping each curve in your back supported, as you don’t want to flatten those curves which can create discomfort and pain down the line. What I always recommend is change your body position every 30 min to take pressure off whatever tissue you are stressing at that point and time.

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