Good posture is one of the best ways to keep your joints lubricated, your bones in correct alignment, and to help decrease the stress on your muscle’s ligaments. However, it is all too easy to fall into bad posture habits, and this can cause extra pain in your body that can be avoided. To prevent this excess wear and tear on your body, here are some bad posture mistakes to keep an eye out for.
Sitting and working at a computer
We tend to hunch over when working at a computer, which just adds to the stress on our spine, shoulders, and arms. Sitting all day is very harmful to both our bodies and minds– considering that the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health reports that 40% of U.S. workers explain that their job is very or extremely stressful, your computer can be to blame!
The best way to feel better: Use a shoulder heat wrap or a neck heat pad while typing.
Slouching while driving
It is all too easy to get too comfortable when driving a car, especially on longer trips. Even though you may feel supported when leaning against your car seat, your muscles are working harder, which causes pain and strain.
The best way to feel better: Always sit with your shoulder blades pressed into your seat. If you feel tightness or pinching when you get home, a heated back wrap can help.
Wearing a purse or a backpack on the same shoulder
Purses are notorious for being too heavy, so lighten your load as much as you can. Only carry the essentials, and make sure your straps are thick for more support.
The best way to feel better: Always alternate the shoulder you are carrying your bag on and if you can carry the bag in your hands. To ease tension, try out one of our microwavable shoulder heat wraps after a long day.
Tightening the front of your chest
The interior of your chest is often closed off, whether it be through slouching or overusing your arm and shoulder muscles. Focus on opening your chest and lengthening your spine in everything you do, and you’ll feel automatically feel better
The best way to feel better: A lavender heat wrap will encourage you to breathe deeply, opening up your chest and heart.
If you’re for looking for an easy way to combat stress, focus on your posture and you’ll feel more aligned and relaxed in no time.