Positive Posture

Some common sense tips to save your back.

Common sense to save your back:

  1. Become aware of how you sit.
  2. If you spend a lot of the time on the phone, make sure you swap the telephone from side to side.
  3. If you are sitting in front of a computer, position yourself so that you are square-on and not twisted at an angle.
  4. Become aware of how you stand and try to avoid thrusting your stomach out in front as this places undue pressure on your lower back.
  5. Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time as these place strain on the lower back.
  6. Alternate shoes during the day and from day to day.
  7. From the midpoint of pregnancy spend as much time as possible with your feet up.
  8. If standing for long periods of time, keep your feet at hip width and square on.
  9. When picking up heavy objects, always bend your knees. This is particularly relevant during pregnancy to avoid placing strain on the pelvic floor muscles and womb.
  10. Yoga, pilates, massage, acupressure and acupuncture will help maintain good posture.
  11. If you already have toddlers, encourage hem to stand on a chair before you pick them up.
  12. Divide heavy loads into smaller ones.

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