Posture

Posture

Good posture is important, especially after surgery, to prevent tight muscles, pain and loss of strength.

Descriptions of good posture

Sitting

  • There are 3 natural curves in your spine that should be lined up when you are sitting, called aligning your spine. Keeping your ears, shoulders and hips in a line helps prevent strain on your lower back.
  • Avoid slouching by sitting with your buttocks against the back of your chair.
  • Shift your position often.
Women sitting in chair shown form side, sprine outlined

Standing

  • Keep your ears, shoulders and hips level with the ground, so one is not higher than the other.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed.
  • Keep your pelvis in the middle, or neutral, not tucked in or sticking out.
  • Do not lock your knees and keep your weight on the balls of your feet.

Walking

  • Walk using good standing posture.

Tips

  • Use a mirror to see how your body looks and note what adjustments you need to make for good posture.
  • Avoid staying in any one position for a long time.
  • When you have pain, check your posture. Discomfort is often caused by posture problems.

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