Correct Your Posture for Back Pain Relief
One of the most common causes of back and neck pain is incorrect posture. Most people spend a large part of their day either sitting in chairs – whether it is at a computer, in the car or while watching television – or standing for long periods of time. Maintaining either of these positions for prolonged periods of time makes most people less likely to observe the rules of good posture. If you are in a job that demands prolonged sitting or standing, you become more susceptible to chronic backache, shoulder ache and spinal problems.
Since the most common implication of incorrect posture is back pain, the most noticeable benefit to correcting posture is a straighter back and healthier spine. Maintaining correct posture can reduce the stress felt on the lower and middle back, and it can reduce the risk of joint damage. People who make improvements in their posture notice positive changes such as reduced fatigue, better sleep and improved breathing. Correct
posture also improves general health and well-being, and, most importantly, allows muscles to function with maximum efficiency.
There are a number of simple devices that assist in improving posture while sitting and standing. One of MEDIchair’s newest offerings is a simple daily living aid that addresses the problem of incorrect posture. Posture Medic is a pair of rubber rings joined by a brace, and is designed to help people develop better posture and maintain it over time. This device is available in three sizes and is suitable for use during rehab and post-rehab. Most importantly, the Posture Medic can be used by people with every level of physical ability. It is designed for frequent use and allows users to stretch it in order to exercise the tonic and phasic muscles, which are responsible for achieving and maintaining correct posture.
Since the Posture Medic is light and unobtrusive, people are able to easily wear it for short periods of time at home or at work – on average, for 15 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. When it is worn at multiple points in a day, this device trains the muscles of the chest and back to hold correct posture and become stronger. The Posture Medic should also be used to do stretches and exercises in order to individually strengthen the tight muscles that contribute to poor posture. When combined with these exercises, over time it becomes easier to maintain correct posture while working.
It is recommended to let a healthcare professional suggest ways you can best incorporate the Posture Medic into your lifestyle, taking into consideration your current abilities.
The first step to good posture is awareness. While it is always a good idea to use assistive devices to improve posture – especially if you have specific mobility requirements – these guidelines to achieving good posture are always useful to follow:
Correct standing posture can be achieved when you stand upright and keep your back straight. Your legs should be straight, with your weight evenly distributed on both feet. Let your arms hang freely along the sides of your body.
MEDIchair offers cushions to improve your posture while sitting. The ObusForme Seat distributes body weight and encourages proper alignment of the pelvis and thighs for extended sitting comfort. It is designed to cushion your tailbone, sitting bones, and thighs to help alleviate pressure points and assist circulation. The ObusForme Seat is ideal for periods of prolonged sitting and for helping with pressure sores. It can be used with any ObusForme Backrest Support to create a complete and comfortable ergonomic sitting experience.
For people who are experiencing discomfort in their lower back, buttocks or both, the flexible, contoured ergonomic design of the ObusForme Sit-Back Cushion can provide relief. Its portability allows you to use it at home, in the office or in the car. It can be used as an ergonomic backrest or seating device.
While sitting, ensure your back is straight and your shoulders are not hunched forward. Keep your feet flat on the ground with your knees at the same level as your hips. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed rather than taut, and your arms are parallel to the floor.
Whether you are sitting or standing, be sure to avoid maintaining the same position for a long time. Take breaks whenever possible.