The Importance of Sitting Up Straight
While back and neck pain can be caused by a number of factors, the things you do on a daily basis can have a direct impact on your spinal health. Poor posture, for example, can increase your risk for developing a number of conditions affecting the integrity and health of your spine.
Proper posture keeps your spine balanced, decreases strain on your muscles and ligaments, and reduces the risk of back and neck pain. Failure to maintain poor posture puts unnecessary stress on your spine, which constricts your blood vessels and nerves, changes the anatomical characteristics of your spine, and increases the development of a number of disc and joint problems.
It is important to maintain proper posture throughout the course of your day. Help promote better posture by following these tips:
- Stand up with your chin lifted slightly and your ears directly over your shoulders, keeping your shoulders in line with your hips.
- Avoid slouching with your shoulders hunched forward.
- Place a cushion or rolled-up towel between your lower back and chair when sitting or driving for long periods of time.
- Keep both feet on the floor while sitting.
- Avoid leaning back excessively, as this causes a large inward curve in your lower back.
- Use ergonomic office equipment.
- Sit in chairs that provide sufficient lumbar or low-back support.
Maintaining proper posture helps to prevent muscle fatigue, decrease abnormal joint wear, and decrease stress on the ligaments that support your spine. The best way to determine if your posture is affecting the integrity of your spine is to consult your laser spine surgeon. Dr. Marc A. Cohen, M.D. will review your symptoms and lifestyle habits to determine if your spinal health is at risk. You can set up an appointment with the Spine Institute of Marc A. Cohen, M.D. by visiting our website or by calling (973) 538-4444 today.