If you want to improve your general health and wellbeing, improving your posture might not be one of the first things that you think about. But it can have an effect on certain issues such as arthritis, it can also have an impact on the way that your body functions on a day-to-day basis.

If your bones and muscles are held in a position that they should not be, things become strained. Poor posture can even lead to nerve damage as they become compressed, triggering pain in the extremities. Below we have listed some mistakes that you’re probably making with your posture and how to correct these bad habits.

Staying Sedentary

The biggest mistake that people make when it comes to posture is not moving enough. Staying in one position for too long is bad for our bodies, they are meant to move throughout the day. You should ideally change the position of your body approximately every half an hour or so.

Curling up on the sofa isn’t necessarily bad for your posture, as long as you don’t stay in the same position for too long. If you are sitting on the sofa, at a desk, or driving a motor vehicle for too long, even holding good posture, you will start to feel a degree of discomfort after some time. Good posture can become bad if you stay sedentary for too long.

Hunching Your Shoulders

Hunching your shoulders forward exaggerates the curve in the upper spine, pulling your head and neck into an unhealthy position and causing the pelvis to tuck in. It also limits lung capacity, which in turn affects your heart and respiratory health. To correct hunched shoulders you should focus on stretching and lengthening your spine to give your body height, relaxing the shoulders.

Looking Downwards

Working on a computer is usually what causes this bad habit. Tilting your head forward for too long puts tension on the neck and muscles in the upper back. Ideally, you should hold your head up straight so that your line of sight is parallel to the ground. Raise your computer screen so that you can keep your neck and back in that position when looking at the screen. You should also hold handheld devices at shoulder height, rather than down at your waist.

Sleeping in the Wrong Position

Back pain can interfere with sleep and for some, it actually gets worse when they try to sleep. It can also be caused by laying in awkward sleeping positions. You can read our blog on the best sleeping positions to improve the quality of sleep that you get during the night and reduce any back pain that you may be suffering from.

It is normal when sleeping to wake up and want to change the position that you were resting in. So for the best quality of sleep, always allow some flexibility with your sleeping positions. Whatever position you do sleep in, you want to keep your spine straight, similarly to how you should be trying to keep it straight throughout the day.

If you are suffering from back pain caused by poor posture, contact a chiropractor at Backworks to book an appointment for more help and advice. We also offer online chiropractic consultations.