Like it or not, our posture is our “calling card” and affects the way that others see us. Additionally, poor posture can adversely affect your health and bad posture correlates to over 200 serious health conditions.
During your first visit to our chiropractic clinic in Decatur, you will be provided with a digitalized posture analysis so that you can see, first-hand, how your posture may be deviating from your potential for optimal posture and the correlation with your pain or other symptoms.
On your 2nd visit, you will be provided with recommendations for correcting your posture imbalances and an at home exercise program will be provided as part of your care plan.
How Does Sitting Affect Posture?
Many of our patients are used to sitting for many hours of the day while working. One of our primary goals is to encourage everyone to get up and move as much as possible throughout the day. There are affordable portable wobble devices such as the Artus Balance Disc that can be used on a standard office chair. Many of our patients transition to sitting on an exercise ball. Others use standing desks.
Here are our recommendations for healthier engaged sitting, between periods of getting up and moving throughout the work day.
- Sit closer to the edge of your seat with your knees apart, pointed outward and feet planted on the ground.
- Reach back with your fists in the small of your back and push forward, arching your back, while pushing your shoulders back. (This can also be done throughout the day while standing up.)
- Next, roll your pelvis under, pressing your lumbar spine toward your fists, flattening your curve while squeezing or engaging your buttock muscles.
- Now, hold that tension in your buttocks, and thighs, almost like you’re getting ready to stand up from the chair. Envision lengthening up from the spin as you squeeze your glutes.
- Let go of about 50% of the tension in the buttock muscles, but don’t let go, hold onto it! You should feel a slight tautness in your glutes and abdominal muscles at all times. Your upper body will automatically be supported by your engaged pelvis position.
In the beginning you’ll need to remind yourself to return to your new optimal sitting posture. If your muscles need a break, accentuate the pelvic tilt forward (2) with your fists pushing forward into the small of your back. As your muscles strengthen and get used to being engages, it will feel more natural!
Call our Atlanta chiropractor, Dr. Kathleen Sherwood, today to schedule your appointment!