Back pain is all too common in the world today. The American Chiropractic Institute estimates that 80% of the global population experiences back pain at some point in their lives. In the United States, consumers spend upwards of 40 billion dollars annually dealing with back pain. It’s one of the most common reasons Americans miss work and visit the doctor, and according to experts in the medical field, poor posture is the giant factor in this phenomenon. When you sit, stand, or lie down with proper posture, the vertebrae in your spine are perfectly aligned to minimize unnecessary pains.
This week’s #truTips are all about proper posture. If you are among the estimated 80% of people worldwide living with poor posture, then these tips are for you!
Keep your ears in line with your shoulders.
Focus your weight on the balls of your feet, not your heels.
Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.
Do not lock your knees, maintain a slight bend.
Let your arms hang naturally.
The first step in correcting posture is to emphasize keeping your torso up straight and pulling your shoulders back and down when you’re sitting, standing or even lying down. Correcting your posture feels odd at first because it’s not a position our bodies are used to maintaining, but through practice and focus over time holding your back in healthy posture will become second nature.
To learn more about back pain, its causes, and how to stop it, enjoy this free eBook by Dr. Todd Sinett titled 21 Days to a Better Back! It includes Dr. Sinett’s Better Back Meal Plan, tips on how to deal with stress-induced back pain, and quizzes to determine the cause of your back pain. To download the free ebook, click here.