Seated Posture

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Do you know which posture looks like you? The reality is that most of us spend MORE time sitting instead of standing. I am constantly checking my posture while at work, standing up to stretch, and trying to be mindful of how my body is positioned.

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If you have pain, you are not alone. Experts think that sitting causes muscles in the hip area to physically shorten. Stretching regularly helps, and I try to at least once an hour.
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Top right ❌: Ironically, although slouching seems like a lazy sitting position, it actually requires more muscular effort than the good posture. Slumping over will eventually cause low backaches, pain in the middle back, and around the shoulder blades/neck. A lot of people develop headaches from this posture because of the soft tissues overstretching.
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Bottom right ❌: Another bad seated posture is the forced seated posture. As a kid your parents would say “sit up straight!” so you force yourself to sit up. But this position is not natural for your spine and tightens your back/leg muscles to force yourself into an incorrect position. My chiropractor told me that sitting too much like this can lead to tight hip flexors and loss of mobility.
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Left photo ✅: Good posture puts less strain on the body overall. My neck and shoulders are down and relaxed, not hunching forward, rounded, or unnaturally backward. I tend to have a slight forward neck, so I do my best to try and keep my chin slightly tucked. My thighs are parallel to the floor and back follows the natural “S” curve of the spine, no exaggerated arch. If your chair doesn’t support your lower back’s curve, place a rolled towel or pillow behind your lower back – thanks Dr. Ross!

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Of course my posture isn’t perfect, but I’m improving every day. The first step for me was to snap a picture of my seated posture to so I can find awareness and eventually get better!
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