• Amanda Michelle Reyes

Tips for a Better Posture

1- Don't Slouch- It adds unwarted strain to your your spine. It also lengthens your back muscles while shortening your pectoral muscles, giving you rounded shoulders and causing back ache, arm pain, and headaches.

2- Practice Good Posture- Stand up tall. You'll feel better and look slimmer, even. Pretend you’re standing against a wall to measure your height. Hold your head straight and tuck in your chin. Your ears should be over the middle of your shoulders. Stand with your shoulders back, knees straight, and belly tucked in. Don't let your booty stick out.

3- Careful with "Text Neck"- Take time to stretch your neck daily. Maybe practice raising phone to eye level or ,while sitting, grab a phone stand. Overtime too much strain on your spine while looking down can form a hump and lead to headaches- and you don't want that.

4- Straighten up in the Car- Sure, it's cool and comfy to recline during a long drive. But it isn’t great for your posture. Instead, pull your seat close to the steering wheel. Try not to lock your legs. Bend your knees slightly. They should be at hip level or a tad above. Don't forget to put a pillow or rolled-up towel behind you for support.

5- Wear Heels from Time to Time- Pumps and stilettos thrust the base of your spine forward, which over-arches your back. That can change the way your backbone lines up and put pressure on nerves, which causes back pain. Sky-high shoes also put more weight on your knees.

6- Sleep Better- Ditch old saggy mattresses. If it's a recent buy make sure to follow manufacture instructions of either rotating the mattress or flipping it over to wear it out evenly. Make sure to have a pillow that supports your head and neck.

7-Exercise- Too many pounds around your belly puts added stress on your back. You need strong muscles to support your spine.

8- Get a massage- Massage therapy is a great way to work out any tension or knots formed due to bad posture. A therapist will work with you for a personalized treatment plan to get long-term relief and make recommendations for a straighter, happier you.

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