Do you want to feel better, breathe easier, think clearer, be more productive and prevent a host of ongoing physical issues?
Have you ever considered making improving your posture a goal? Improving posture has all the benefits listed above plus many more. Here's a few ideas of how you can make changes in your life to help improve your posture.
Posture with smartphones and tablets
We are increasingly using smartphones and tablets instead of pcs and laptops. The downside to their portability is that we are more likely to have poor posture whilst using these devices.
There are many cheap accessories available online to help with placement of smartphones and tablets for extended use. Many have an adjustable arm that you can clamp to a nearby table and it will hold the tablet in front of your face while sitting or standing. This is especially important if you are streaming shows etc through tablets.
Posture at a desk
Now is the time to book a workplace ergonomic assessment if your workplace offers this. Even if you have had one before, it is beneficial to have an update at least every 12 months.
If you work from home or spend regular amounts of time with household paperwork it is worthwhile sorting your office space as well. The above infographic has some good tips for a starting point.
Posture in the car
Many cars offer more than just seat adjustment to support ergonomics whilst driving these days. Steering wheels can be adjusted several ways. Seats can be raised to lowered. Spend a few minutes before you start your next journey to see what your options are and which of these offer the greatest support for your posture.
As a passenger watch out for long periods of smartphone or tablet use as with the movement of the car and restrictions on posture whilst in the cramped space. Try to only use devices when necessary and spend the time talking with the people you’re sharing the journey with or listening to podcasts etc.
Where else can you benefit your posture?
You may be an active cyclist yet have not checked your seat or handlebar adjustments.
Are you a runner? Have you ever had a running assessment? Correct running technique allows your energy to be spent more efficiently whilst exercising, reducing your time and preventing injury.
Look at your weekly schedule and put down how much time you spend on each activity. What hobbies do you tend to get lost in? If you are unsure you may want to spend a few minutes at the end of each day writing down what you have done and how long you spent on this activity. Start with the activity you spend most time on and so forth until you are using correct posture in all your daily activities.
How regular massage benefits your posture.
Regular remedial massage benefits your by releasing locked or tight muscles allowing the muscles to return to their ideal resting length creating postural alignment. This allows your body to release problem areas that have built up over long term bad habits. It will also use energy more efficiently, prevent injuries from misuse of muscles and improve sleep by decreasing pain. Australian health funds offer rebates for Remedial Massage treatments.
How Pilates can help.
Helps by targeting weak muscles so the correct muscles engage when necessary preventing other muscles trying to hold and move the body in ways they are not designed to. Pilates is best when led by a Physiotherapist so you can tailor your sessions to what your body needs therefore achieving the best results. Bounce Physiotherapy in Balcatta offers regular Physio led pilates sessions, for more information contact reception via email or by phoning 9344 7476.
Your future self with thank you for it.
Diploma of Remedial Massage