In your busy life, it’s probably hard to remember proper posture. You may spend hours hunched over a desk at work. This leads to back and neck pain, headaches, and eventually, could bring spinal arthritis or other health conditions into your life. Up to 80% of Americans will suffer back pain and 50% of Americans will complain of neck pain during their lives.

The medical benefits of a proper posture at work, beyond the elimination of pain, are far-reaching into other aspects of our lives.

Improving Lung Function

You can improve your breathing since being hunched over can compress the lungs, making it difficult to take in a full breath. If your rib cage is collapsed when you slouch, it adds strain to your lungs as they struggle to expand in a smaller than usual area.

If you’re not taking full breaths, you’re not taking in as much oxygen as you can. This will lead to muscle aches, fatigue, and inability to concentrate on difficult tasks.

Preventing Arthritis

Correcting your posture can also help prevent spinal arthritis, a wear-and-tear condition of the joints between your vertebrae. Slouching over a computer all day puts your joints in an unnatural position and can lead to wear of the cartilage that cushions your spinal joints. This, in turn, creates pain and stiffness.

When you’re experiencing pain at work, it reduces your concentration and productivity. You might spend a lot of time shifting your weight in your chair, trying to get comfortable. Sometimes, you probably need to get up and walk around to ease the pain.

Improving Concentration

And reducing the pain and improving breathing can bring along a better level of concentration. When you’re not breathing well and/or in pain, you will experience more fatigue. When you’re tired, it’s difficult to focus on your work tasks and it will probably take you longer to complete a single task.

How Do You Improve Your Posture?

You probably heard your mother harping on you to stand up straight and don’t slouch. I know I heard this plenty of times! Now that you’re in the habit of slouching, it’s going to be tough to correct that. But proper posture shouldn’t be a pain in your neck!

Besides making a conscious effort to correct your posture, a posture brace can help. Many people, when they get working on a task that requires all their focus, will fall back into their old habit. This is where the posture brace comes in.

When you’re looking for a posture brace, there are several things you want to see in the ideal posture support brace for women.

    • You want to make sure it will align your spine.
    • It should reduce pain in the neck, shoulders, and back.
    • You’ll need it to be comfortable enough to wear every day for a specific amount of time.
    • The brace should remind you to consciously correct your posture, which over time will become a new posture habit.

There are also things you can do around your workplace to improve your posture. If you’re short and have a tough time reaching the floor from your chair, add a stool or a box under the chair to rest your feet on. Perhaps you can request an ergonomic chair, which is designed to enforce proper posture.

Another trick is to tilt your computer monitor up higher than normal. This will encourage you to sit up straighter when looking at the computer. It works with laptops, too, and monitors that have security screen protectors – you know those things, the ones that keep your neighbor from seeing what’s on your monitor.

Position your chair so your arms are flexed at the elbows. They should never have to be straight out as if you’re reaching for the keyboard. Try for about a 70- to 90-degree angle at the elbow joint. You may have to move your chair forward or backward to get the right position.

And always remember to take short breaks from sitting in front of a computer. This might include simply standing and stretching your arms over your head. Doing this several times throughout the day will help expand your spine and reduce stiffness and pain.

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In your busy life, it’s probably hard to remember proper posture. You may spend hours hunched over a desk at work. This leads to back and neck pain, headaches, and eventually, could bring spinal arthritis or other health conditions into your life. Up to 80% of Americans will suffer...