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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jeremy Will, D.C.

5 Tips to Straighten Up Your Posture

May is National Correct Posture Month! Good posture is essential for a healthy body and can help you avoid chronic pain and injuries. Here are some of our favorite tips for maintaining proper posture throughout the day.


1. Sit up straight

Sitting is a position we spend a lot of time in, whether at work, in the car, or at home. Sitting up straight is one of the most important things you can do to improve your posture. Ensure your shoulders are relaxed and your feet are flat on the ground. Keep your hips pushed back as far as possible in the chair, and avoid slouching forward.


2. Stand tall

Standing is another position we spend a lot of time in, and it's essential for maintaining good posture. Ensure your weight is evenly distributed on both feet, and avoid locking your knees. Keep your shoulders back and down and your head level. If you're having trouble standing for long periods, try shifting your weight from one foot to the other or take breaks to sit down and rest.


3. Keep your screen at eye level

Keeping your screen at eye level is vital if you spend a lot of time working on a computer or using a smartphone. This will help prevent neck strain and headaches. Adjust your monitor or use a phone holder to keep your device at a comfortable height.


4. Exercise regularly

Regular exercise can help improve your posture by strengthening your core muscles. Strong core muscles help support your spine and keep it neutral. Try incorporating exercises like planks, bridges, and bird dogs into your workout routine.


5. Stretch regularly

Stretching can also help improve your posture by releasing muscle tension. Tight muscles can pull your body out of alignment, leading to poor posture. Try incorporating chest stretches (pectorals), hip flexor stretches, and shoulder rolls into your daily routine.


Maintaining good posture is crucial for a healthy body. By following these suggestions, you can lead a healthier and pain-free life. However, please call our office if you experience back or neck discomfort. We are here to help!


Walk More, Live Longer

A recent study highlighted the stark difference that daily movement can make on one’s overall health. The study showed how daily walking habits can greatly lower a person’s all-cause mortality rate. It found that the number of days per week a person took 8,000 steps or more was associated with a lower risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in a linear fashion. These findings suggest that individuals may receive substantial health benefits by walking on most days of the week.


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