In the past we have posted advice on our blog regarding mistakes you’re probably making with your posture and how to correct these bad habits. Reminding you that your posture plays an important role in how your body functions and feels on a daily basis. When your body is being held in a way that it is not designed to be held the muscles become strained as they have to over compensate, which can lead to pain and stiffness.

Poor posture can also lead to the nerves in the spine becoming compressed, which stops them working normally and triggers further pain. There are ways to correct posture mistakes and with some practice, maintaining a good posture can become second nature. Here are some more mistakes you’re probably making with your posture.

Slouching in a chair

It is important to sit correctly. Slouching isn’t always uncomfortable, but sitting in a slouching position over time places a strain on the muscles and soft tissues, increasing tension, which may eventually cause pain. 

To improve your posture when sitting, keep your body in alignment and try to maintain the spine’s natural curvature. It may not feel comfortable at first because your muscles are not used to supporting you in the correct position. Exercises that strengthen the core and back will also help correct a slouching posture. 

Crossing your legs

Sitting with crossed legs can lead to an asymmetrical posture. Sitting with your leg crossed over your knee leads to your pelvis rotating and tilting. This can lead to a misalignment of the spine and cause pain in the lower back. 

Try to cross your legs less, or not at all. When you find yourself crossing your legs, think about why you are doing it. This will help you realise when you’re doing it again, so that you can understand why you do it and break the habit easier.

Leaning on one leg

If you work in a job where you are standing for long periods of time, or you are carrying a toddler around all day, leaning to place more weight on one leg can often feel the most comfortable way to stand. But when you do this you put excessive pressure on one side of your lower back and hips and over time this can lead to muscle imbalances in the pelvis area and muscular strain on the back. Try to stand with your weight more evenly distributed on both legs to improve your posture.

Not stretching enough

As we mentioned in the previous article, the body is designed to move. If you’re standing or sitting in one position for too long, your body will begin to ache. Stretching is a great way to release muscle strain and should be done multiple times a day. Squats are a great strengthening exercise, helping to loosen up the muscles in the legs and improve the circulation of the blood flowing through them.

If you are experiencing back pain, improving your posture may not be all that is required to address the root cause of the pain. Talk to an expert at Backworks for more help and advice, we offer musculoskeletal services, consultations and preventative care for back and neck pain in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Emergency appointments and online consultations are also available.