Posture is not just a matter of looking professional: the way you stand and sit can have a serious impact on your health and comfort. Over time, bad posture becomes a bad habit and starts to alter the shape of your body, especially your spine. Here are some signs that you may need to adjust your posture.
Angles and Curves
If you find that your head or shoulders tilt to one side when you are sitting normally, or that one of your shoes wears out more quickly or in a different pattern than the other, you should check yourself for poor back posture. If you hold your spine too straight, you may notice that you are locking your knees up frequently and arching the small of your back. You may hold your shoulders too far back, and your neck may be angled so that your head is somewhere behind your center of balance. On the other hand, if your head is farther forward than your center of balance and your back is arched forward as well, you are slouching. Your spine has a natural curve that should neither be overdone or pulled straight.
Aches and Pains
Over time, the pressure your posture puts on your body can cause pain in specific places. Back and neck pain are the most obvious signs, and can appear together with headaches and tension in your shoulders. You may also find that your hips, ankles or knees are frequently sore. If your posture has been changing over time, you may notice that you are straining certain muscles more often. There are a handful of other causes for these types of pain, but they are frequently warning signs that your posture has started doing damage to your body.
Places and Cases
If these aches and soreness show up suddenly, or only appear at particular times, it is a good idea to start looking for patterns. Do they correspond to certain days of the week, perhaps weekends or workdays? Do they disappear for a while after you change positions or move from place to place? Do they coincide with travel times, as in a car or airplane seat? Do they appear soon after you start regularly using a different chair or workspace? If you can pinpoint the most likely cause of the pain, you can take the steps to correct your posture in whatever place or context is causing it.
Movement and Stillness
Sitting or standing still for long periods of time, especially while bent over a computer screen, allows your body to settle into positions that can do a lot of damage over time. If you remain in the same position for more than half an hour, you may find that your joints and muscles grow stiff or sore. If your daily routine involves sitting at a desk for hours on end, break it up with short walks and changes of position. Use these breaks to check your posture and make sure you have not been slipping into positions that will create problems over time.
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