Did you know that your posture affects the health of your back and neck? Posture is the result of proper body mechanics. There is a healthy neutral position from which the body can go into action.
- The Neutral Back Position. The healthy spine has three natural curves. The neck( or cervical spine) curves slightly inward. The mid back (thoracic spine) is curved outward and the low back (lumbar spine) curves inward. Your muscles, ligaments and tendons need to work together in order to keep your spine stress free. A balance of strength and flexibility is the key to maintaining the neutral spine.
- Healthy sitting is based on the neutral spine. While sitting, if you keep your hips and knees at 90 degrees, you will help keep a neutral sitting posture. You also need a properly designed chair to support your lumbar spine. And finally, the neutral spine position is also important when getting up from a chair. You need to be aware of using your buttock and thigh muscles to push yourself up. Don’t twist or bend too far forward or you will put too much strain on your lumbar spine.
- Try maintaining a neutral spine when walking. The neutral walking position includes naturally swinging your arms while walking.
- One of the most dangerous activities for your spine is lifting. In order to reduce the risk of injury to your spine, always start off in the neutral position when lifting. Generate power to lift by using your large leg muscles. Tighten your abdominal muscles to help create a stabilizing corset around your trunk. Always be aware of your body and if you feel and pain or discomfort, stop what you are doing immediately.