If you’re experiencing frequent neck pain and back pain, there’s a good chance poor posture is the culprit. Over time, consistent slouching and poor postural alignment during your daily activities can bring on pain. To ease discomfort and achieve a healthy, upright stance, here are some pointers for developing better posture.
Stand upright when performing basic tasks.
When doing basic things around your house, it’s important to stand upright. Avoid rounding your shoulders or keeping your head forward. Those positions can contribute to neck pain or back pain, making it harder for you to stand on your feet for extended periods of time. Instead, point your feet straight ahead with your knees facing forward, gently pull your shoulders back while performing tasks. When standing, bend your knees slightly rather than locking them while performing tasks. Bend at your knees to pick things up off the floor and get help when lifting something heavy. Moving with more awareness may feel unnatural, but with time and practice it will become more comfortable and you will have less pain.
Keep your shoulders over your hips when seated.
Many people are in the habit of sitting at a desk or on the couch with their neck and head bent forward and their shoulders rounded. That position will affect your alignment and may cause neck, back or arm pain. To avoid this, focus on keeping your shoulders over your hips, while in a seated position. Make sure your low back is pushed up against the back of your seat, supporting your back’s natural curve with a lumbar cushion. This will help keep you properly aligned so that you can be more comfortable and productive. Take small breaks every 30 to 45 minutes to stretch and to avoid the stiffness associated with long periods of sitting.
Lift weight with straight legs & a rounded back.
A common mistake many people make when using weights is lifting with straight legs and a rounded back. This poor posture puts excess pressure on your spine and can even lead to injury. Focus on maintaining a neutral spine instead. Engage your core muscles and bend at the knees as you lift weight to avoid muscle strain or more serious injury.
Neglect back & neck pain.
Many people have back and neck pain for months or even years before they address it. Neglecting the pain will not make it go away and can even exacerbate the issue. Seeking acupuncture treatment for back or neck pain and problems, is an ideal solution. An experienced Licensed Acupuncturist will determine what is causing your pain and determine a plan to help you feel better and prevent problems in the future. It is a highly effective, time-tested, relaxing treatment option. Acupuncture is a natural way to alleviate neck and back pain. You will that acupuncture reduces stress and enhances muscle relaxation.
If you’re seeking acupuncture treatment for neck pain, put your trust in Cindy E. Levitz, Lic. Acupuncturist, PLLC, located in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, NY, near Chelsea, Murray Hill, Midtown East and the Flatiron district. Since 1996, Licensed Acupuncturist Cindy E. Levitz has been providing customized care to restore health, energy, and mood through pain-free holistic strategies. Specializing in everything from acupuncture for migraines, pain, or anxiety to Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, she can help address your problem areas, bringing much-needed relief and better health in the future. To schedule a complimentary consultation, give her a call today at (212) 924-8034 and visit her online.