Ergonomic Tips for Keeping a Healthy Back

Does good posture really matter when you are doing your work?

Absolutely.

Doctors in natural medicine all recognize the value of good posture, and here are some tips so you can keep straight and live a long life.

What is Good Posture?

The general definition of posture refers to “the carriage of the body as a whole, the attitude of the body, or the position of the arms and legs”.  It is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down that makes a difference. Good posture is the position which is promoted when the joints are not bent or twisted and the spine is aligned vertically.  Maintaining good posture involves training your body to move and function where the least strain is placed on bones, joints and soft tissues, so you can live a long healthy life.

What can Good Posture really do for you?

  • Optimizes breathing and circulation
  • Maintains the bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly and efficiently
  • Helps reduce or prevent the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative diseases, such as arthritis
  • Decreases the stress on the soft tissues, such as ligaments, muscles, tendons and discs
  • Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions
  • Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy
  • Prevents postural strain or overuse problems
  • Prevents neck or back pain
  • Prevents muscle fatigue
  • Contributes to a healthy image or appearance in any situation

How do I really know if I am sitting correctly?

Complete a posture checklist and see how you “measure up” to the ideal..

Here are some quick hints:
  • Keep your back straight, maintaining all 3 natural curves in your spine
  • Distribute your weight evenly across your hips
  • Keep the head and neck aligned over your shoulders
  • Sitting back in your chair; your back should be supported by the seat back
  • Adjust chair height so that your hips are slightly higher than your knees
  • Be sure your feet are supported by the floor or a footrest if possible
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time so you can get up from your chair at least once every hour
  • Do not twist or bend your back from a seated position.Instead get up if your maneuvering is required.

Any other tips about keeping your back healthy? Please leave a comment below. Too many people strain their backs not realizing how important it is to vital health.

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