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How to Combat Poor Posture

A new way to look at posture and the ways that we can manage posture-related pain.

Prolonged poor sitting posture is one the most common findings in the office and university setting today. As workers and students dive deep into their work, they tend to find themselves adopting a hunched over “banana-like” posture for a considerable portion of their day. As many of us know and have likely experienced before (myself included), this eventually leads to aches and pains in the neck, upper back and shoulders.

Now you’ve probably heard this all before – and you’ve also been told to sit in the ideal upright posture throughout the day. Shoulders back, chin tucked, face forward, feet planted and so on. But as you know this requires a huge amount of effort both physically and consciously.

Instead of trying to maintain an ideal sitting posture during the day, we should instead look to take care of our bodies in the hours that we aren’t seated.

So, what may this look like?

1. Take regular breaks from sitting

Getting up to move the body will do wonders in keeping aching joints and muscles at bay. Not only that, but it also gives you necessary time away from your screens.

2. Work on your mobility

Find the time to incorporate mobility training into your weekly routine. Mobility training is essential for developing greater pain-free movement and healthier joints. Better mobility also translates to better performance at work, sport and life in general.

3. Build up your strength

Strength training is important for everyone. Building a stronger body will reduce your likelihood of encountering daily aches, pains, or niggles. And it will make daily tasks less of a challenge. Your posture will also benefit tremendously from strength training.

If posture is an area that you need guidance with, schedule a consultation with our Chiropractor Anthony at our Sydney CBD clinic. He will be more than happy to help.