Posture Up!

 

Low productivity at work? Your posture could be affecting your body.

Good posture comes with practice. As a medical practitioner with nearly ten years of experience under my belt, I can guarantee this much! We are all so consumed by our daily activities that we tend to take good posture for granted. You may not have given it much thought but your posture and movements may be causing you physical pain!

Unfortunately, most of us realize this fact only after developing a nagging pain in some part of our body. The good news though, is that you can change this right away and take corrective action.  

I believe prevention is better than cure. The changes you make today will ensure good returns for a lifetime. This means stepping out of your comfort zone and adopting a new routine. But worry not; this doesn’t have to be difficult.

Rediscover your posture.

Let us start with good neck posture.  For those who have headaches or neck pain, this move is a must.

If you are a working professional in a 9 to 5 job, there is a good possibility that you are bound to your desk for the better part of the day. Between working the numbers and making the calls, you pay no heed to the fact that you are in a habitual slouched position.

In fact, it is only halfway through reading this article that you may have wondered, “Is my posture correct?” A slight aching of the back or a strain in your neck is enough to tell you that it’s not! What’s important to note is that it’s these slight aches that when left uncorrected could compound and get worse.

Let me give you an analogy to demonstrate exactly how poor posture at the desk is affecting your neck.

Think of your head as a massive bowling ball rolling towards the cliff; it becomes increasingly difficult to stop the movement as it gravitates towards the edge. This uncontrollable action is akin to you progressively digging your head deep into the work screen in front of you. The more stressed you are, the more you tend to gravitate towards the screen. A prolonged static posture in this direction can cause stress on your neck muscles.

Combating this with Double Chin

Practice the Chin Tuck to combat neck pain. The Chin Tuck helps keep the head aligned above the spine. In my experience, it takes a good 21 days to make this a habit. An easy way to do this is to set yourself a reminder either on your phone or through the Phyxable app.

Poor posture causes your neck muscles at the base of your neck to shorten. To correct this, scoop your head back so that your chin is tucking in to form a double chin as your neck elongates.

To ensure that you are doing it right, ask your colleague to take a quick picture while you demonstrate. You should be able to draw an imaginary straight line from your earlobe to your shoulder.

Repeat this every hour, elongating your neck and holding that position for five seconds. Your neck strain will start to dwindle in no time.


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