Odds are you’ve already endured a few back or neck-aches in your life or at least a little bit of stiffness or tension somewhere along your body. But working from home can make it easier to fall into these slouchy habits and worsen any existing aches and pains.
What is good posture important?
Our bodies are designed for movement, and being able to get into or out of positions is a sign of flexibility, mobility and good health, explains Dr Neil Stakes, a registered chiropractor who runs Back II Life clinic.
“Bad posture is related to the body’s maladaptation to positions assumed for a very long period of time. The body gradually adapts to the posture and lays down fibrous tissues to support that posture over time,” Dr Stakes says. Left untreated, poor postural habits can compound into greater issues, such as arthritis, spinal and joint degeneration, and loss of mobility.
“A neutral spine is important for good posture,” says physiotherapist Marina Goddu and owner-instructor of Pilates studio SmartFit. She stresses that postural awareness is the first step forward: “It doesn’t mean it’s straight. Our spine has three natural curves that when viewed from the side, form an ‘S’ shape.”
In that position, the spine and muscles have maximal stability to keep our bodies upright. Outlined here are five of the most common mistakes we’re prone to making and find out how you can correct them ASAP.