Posture

If you have spinal problems and are receiving treatment, you may be doing certain things unknowingly to aggravate and prolong your condition. It is also not very easy to maintain perfect posture in modern living. We are often ignorant of what we should exactly be doing, and if we do know, we do not value doing the correct thing enough or are too impatient to do things correctly. We also may not have the bodily awareness to tell exactly what our posture is like at any given moment in time.

Side View of Spine

The spine is meant to have three natural curves: neck, middle back, and lower back. The neck is designed to be in line with the shoulders. Of course, the spine and back are meant to be very flexible, and can move in all manner of different directions, but should only be done for short periods and without much force involved.  In short, whenever you are sitting down or standing up you should have a posture as if a balloon is attached to your head and pulled you up at all times.

Most people lack the muscle development to actually sit up straight all day, and end up slouching from one seat to the next. If you are slouching then you are putting 2-4 times more pressure on your one side of your vertebrae of your spine and neck.  Because of the increased loads that you put on your skeleton and muscles during exercise or stretching, it is even more important to keep the back in natural alignment.

Try to develop an awareness of where the ears are in relation to the shoulders, whether you are dipping your head too far forwards and downwards or not (common in tall people and those with low self-confidence or depression); whether the shoulders are raised or relaxed; where the shoulders are in relation to the hips(To realign the shoulders, put your hands high above your head, and then bring them down as if you are making a snow angel); and whether the hips, knees and ankles are in line (whilst standing). You may find it helpful to stand upright or sit upright adjacent to a full length mirror and observe your posture.

Body Rite Posture Pleaser
Body Rite Posture Pleaser

The answer to back, shoulder, and neck pain! An effective ergonomic and preventive product that addresses the problems associated with occupations and hobbies that require one to work for a prolonged period of time with the hands extended in front of the body.

Body Rite Posture Pleaser

The Body Rite Posture Pleaser is the first item of this type that is comfortable enough to wear for a while.

ShouldersBack Posture Support
ShouldersBack Posture Support

This shoulder posture brace is comfortable for both work and workouts. It's an orthopedist-designed nylon vest that gently coaxes your shoulders into proper position to help prevent chronic neck and back pain and improve your posture.

EquiFit Shouldersback Posture Support Lite Medium Black

It really does force your shoulders back!

Posture Corrective Brace
Posture Corrective Brace

This Posture Corrective Brace adapts to your shape to help improve posture. Over-the-shoulder support gently holds shoulder and back in a healthier position.

Posture Corrective Brace- Beige 22"-46"

The brace also helps remind me to pull in my upper abdominal muscles to correct my posture even further.