Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground. The key to good posture is the position of your spine. Your spine has three natural curves: at your neck, mid-back, and low back. Correct posture should maintain these curves, but not increase them. Your head should be above your shoulders, and the top of your shoulder should be over the hips.
There are actually two types of posture we should be aware of: Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself when you’re moving your body, like when walking or running. Static posture is how you hold yourself when you’re not moving, like when you’re standing, sitting, or sleeping.
Fortunately, we don’t often have to consciously maintain our posture. If our body is in good working order, then we will have certain muscles do it for us, and we don’t even have to think about it. These muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.
So, you may be asking if we have muscles that do most of the work for us, how do we develop bad posture? Well, there are several factors that contribute to poor posture. Of those, the most commonly recorded include stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes. In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor body positioning. This is certainly a problem, and with the current office work landscape landing many of us in a chair for eight hours a day, a lot of us are bound to be in this position sooner or later.
Why Is Good Posture Important?
Many of us know the gist of what posture does: it helps us stand. It also helps us to walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. But why is having good posture so important? Here are four reasons why it is important that we maintain a healthy posture:
Good posture will:
- Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
- Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
- Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, prevent muscle fatigue.
- Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.
To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine.
6 Ways to Maintain a Good Posture:
Even though our body is designed to help us maintain a good posture, it doesn’t mean that we should avoid addressing our posture on a daily basis. As such, here are 6 ways that we can maintain our good posture:
1. Be Mindful of Your Posture
Especially during everyday activities, like watching television, washing dishes, or walking. For sitting activities like watching television, you should ensure that your back is straight, your shoulders are back, and your butt should be touching the back of your chair. In standing activities such as washing dishes, good posture should support the three separate curves of your back (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar). The idea isn’t to stretch yourself out but to stand in an upright way that puts the least stress on those curves as possible
2. Stay Active
Any kind of exercise may help improve your posture, but certain types of exercises can be especially helpful. They include yoga, tai chi, and other classes that focus on body awareness. It is also a good idea to do exercises that strengthen your core (muscles around your back, abdomen, and pelvis).
3. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Extra weight can weaken your abdominal muscles, cause problems for your pelvis and spine, and contribute to low back pain. All of these can hurt your posture.
4. Wear Comfortable, Low-Heeled Shoes
High heels, for example, can throw off your balance and force you to walk differently. This puts more stress on your muscles and harms your posture.
5. Comfortable Work Surfaces
Make sure work surfaces are at a comfortable height for you, whether you’re sitting in front of a computer, making dinner, or eating a meal. This may require an ergonomic assessment of your workplace and other common areas you reside in.
6. Use a Seat Cushion to Promote Good Posture
Be sure to use a seat cushion to encourage good posture. When assessing these types of cushions, you should be sure to find a seat cushion that is ergonomically designed to help eliminate back pain and eliminate everyday discomfort.
That seems like a lot to do to maintain a good and healthy posture, but it is well worth it. Of the methods to maintain your posture above, one of the easiest things to do is use a seat cushion. However, there are many cushions that claim to work well to maintain your posture. To ensure that you have a seat cushion that works best for you, why not try the Xtreme Comforts’ Ortho-Seat Coccyx Seat Cushion.
Xtreme Comforts Provides a Coccyx Cushion for Great Postural Health
You want to sit on a surface uniform in density that will conform to provide the correct orthopedic alignment and support. But most importantly, it must take pressure off of the tailbone! The Xtreme Comforts’ Ortho-Seat Coccyx Seat Cushion is able to do this where other seat cushions cannot.
The Xtreme Comforts’ Ortho-Seat Coccyx Seat Cushion is a multi-tool for the betterment of your health. This seat cushion not only helps to promote healthy posture and spinal alignment, but it will also help relieve back pain, improve circulation, and enhance comfort. This coccyx cushion is made of Xtreme Comforts’ exclusive, deluxe premium-quality Body Active memory foam. This foam is guaranteed to never become lumpy or go flat and will remain uniform in density. In doing so, this seat cushion will conform to your personal preferences to provide you with the support and alignment you need for a comfortable seat time after time.
Your seat should not only be comfortable, but it should also be made of materials that provide superior breathability to help regulate temperature, avoid moisture collection and keep you cool. The Xtreme Comforts seat cushion provides a durable nylon mesh cover that has superior air circulation and breathability while easily standing up to tough everyday use. To make this cover even better, it is completely removable and machine washable. Just wash in cold water and tumble dry.
The contour of this coccyx cushion helps to distribute your body weight across the seat, relieving pressure while allowing your tailbone to float in the open space, not compressed against the seating surface bearing the weight of your body. This provides total comfort and the back support you require every day.
Perhaps the most surprising benefit of this coccyx seat cushion is that it provides convenient, on-the-go comfort. It can go anywhere you go, including your office, your car, train, subway, plane, and even wheelchairs. Imagine having the ability to bring your favorite chair with you wherever you go?
So, what are you waiting for? You have the ability to improve your posture, maximize your comfort, and reduce back pain in one seat cushion that will go wherever you need it to go. With this one seat cushion, you will ensure relief and improve your quality of life!
Purchase the Xtreme Comforts Ortho-Seat Coccyx Seat Cushion for immediate improvement in back posture today. You won’t regret it.