We’ve previously discussed the negative and damaging effects having poor posture can have on your health and daily comfort. Instead of living with the pain, there are several things you can do to help improve your posture and live a better, healthier life.

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Correcting posture doesn’t happen overnight; it requires daily, conscious effort to not slip back into bad habits. Seeking assistance from a skilled massage therapist can help you create an action plan for improving—and keeping—good posture. Regular massages, especially Neuromuscular Massages, as well as minor changes to your daily living may be recommended.

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The following tips can help you to correct your posture and minimize the pain and discomfort.

  • Working out helps keep you fit and strengthens your muscles. Lifting weights are great for the muscles in your back, chest, arms, and legs—but there are also other ways to work out and strengthen your neck and spine. Performing head and neck exercises can help you to retrain your muscles to keeping a healthier postural stance.
  • Manage stress and anxiety through healthy steps to help avoid from pulling inward—ab action that occurs inwardly and outwardly in your posture. (Related Article: Massages—Anxiety Relief That Works)
  • If you sit or stand for extended periods of time with minimal movement, it can be easy to slip into a slouched position. Every 15 to 20 minutes you should make the attempt to move around and stretch—even if it is right at your desk or station.
  • If you work at a computer, make sure that it is level with your eyes and placed within18 inches to 2 feet from your face. This positioning will reduce the likelihood of having to lean forward to see properly. Increasing your computer’s font size may also help minimize leaning forward as a means to better see your screen.
  • If you regularly carry a purse, briefcase, shoulder bag, or backpack ensure the weight is properly distributed across your body. If it is too heavy, the side you carry it on may compensate for the weight, shifting your neuromuscular structure.
  • Texting, playing games on your phone or tablet, and watching TV are activities in which your head posture may shift to accommodate your viewing. Minimize these activities that disrupt a healthy head posture.

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Working to improve or keep a healthy posture is a conscious effort. Be mindful of what you are doing, how you sit, lift, and carry things to reduce the effect the routine actions may have on your spine.