It pays to sit and stand properly. We don’t often think about posture when it comes to our health and wellbeing. Then, comes that dull ache, a kink in our necks, a twitch in our backs. What was that about sitting straight, standing tall?
Dr Neil Stakes, a registered chiropractor who runs Back II Life clinic, explains that our bodies are designed for movement, and being able to get into or out of positions is a sign of flexibility, mobility and good health.
“Bad posture is related to the body’s maladaptation to positions assumed for a very long period of time. The body gradually adapts to the posture and lays down fibrous tissues to support that posture over time,” Dr Stakes says.
Left untreated, poor postural habits can compound into greater issues, such as arthritis, spinal and joint degeneration and loss of mobility.
Marina Goddu is the owner-instructor of Pilates studio SmartFit, and is also a certified physiotherapist. “A neutral spine is important for good posture,” she says, stressing that postural awareness is the first step forward. “It doesn’t mean it’s straight. Our spine has three natural curves that when viewed from the side, form an ‘S’ shape.”
In that position, the spine and muscles have maximal stability to keep our bodies upright. Outlined here are five of the most common mistakes we’re prone to doing, and how to correct them.