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The Posture Guide

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How to Obtain Good Posture

Perhaps when you were younger, you were often told to stop slouching and to bring your shoulders back.  Is good posture really something to make a big fuss about?  Would it make a big difference if one had good posture or not?  The reality is that posture makes a difference.


Repetitive misuse is found by researchers to be the cause of a large percentage of back and neck injuries.  Repetitive misuse is precisely the definition of poor posture.  There are natural curves in our spine, and this most people know.  The spine then cannot maintain its natural curves, if you walk around with a poor posture, and this can result in injury.  The spine's natural curves are maintained in those who have good posture.  Then the job is done by spine-stabilizing muscles.


The reason why people continue to have poor posture is because they don't understand that it is the common cause of repetitive misuse of the spine.  Most people are not educated on what poor posture is, or how to avoid it.  Below are some easy ways to achieve good posture.


Your head should not be placed too far forward, backward, up. or down.  Ideally, the head should have a slight chin tuck.  Have you ever seen someone with a double chin? That is how a person with good posture appears like.


Your shoulders should be brought back as you have been told as a child.  You should be thankful that your mother wanted you to have a good posture even when you were young.  But, most people don't know how to bring their shoulders back even if they are told.  Here is a test to know if you have properly positioned shoulders.  With your arms placed at your side while you are standing, place your palms facing behind you.  You should then rotate your thumbs until you cannot rotate them anymore.  This should be the proper position of the shoulders if you have good posture.  You can now return your hands to any position you want but maintain proper shoulder position.


The final thing that you need to understand in having a proper forward head posture is to maintain a low back curve, which many people find difficult to do.  Although all positions are important for a good posture, yet the low back curve is the most important of them all.  The way to place the low back in the proper position for good posture is to imaging putting your head up toward the ceiling or the sky.


All the tips given above, if properly implemented, will help one walk around with proper posture.  What you have read above is not that difficult to do and so achieving a proper posture is really easy to have.  You just have to know what to do.  If you have proper posture, you will not likely complain of back and neck pain soon, read more here!