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Poor Lifestyle Habits that Impact Posture

I think we can all agree that lower back and neck pain can cause serious agony. This pain is mainly influenced by your posture, so it’s important to improve posture wherever possible. In fact, you might be surprised to find that your lifestyle habits actually impact your posture, and that might be why you are suffering from back or neck pain. In the modern world we spend a lot of time sitting down, whether that be at work or simply in our own time. Without leaving yourself time for exercise, then this can quickly have a detrimental effect on your posture.

Here are just a few poor lifestyle habits that can impact posture, and what you can do to help correct it.


Despite its countless benefits, one of the main contributors to bad posture is technology. When using your phone, you might notice that your neck is slumped forward. As a result of this, this means that the muscles on your neck are strained which over time can also result in pain to the neck, back and shoulders. One way of minimising this is by limiting your mobile phone usage as this will go a long way towards your posture care.


Regardless of whether you work in an office or a construction site, consistent posture checks will reduce the risk of any pain. For instance, working in an office means you’ll be sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Adopting a slouched or slumped posture will place a small forward bend on the spine, which can cause herniation over time. If you notice difficulty to maintain posture at work, ergonomic chairs are available to maintain your posture whilst sitting down.

If you work in construction or in a factory, then it is likely that you’ll need to do a lot of heavy lifting. As a result, it’s important that you lift properly by ensuring your form is correct. Good form can be achieved by balancing the weight evenly on your feet, bringing yourself closer and making use of your legs to bring you up.

Bags and Rucksacks

If you are wearing a bag or rucksack, you should think about how heavy it is. If the bag is too heavy, this can change your posture by forcing you to hunch over. Also, carrying a bag over one shoulder can mean that the weight isn’t distributed evenly, which can be detrimental to your neck and shoulder.

If you believe that your posture needs to be addressed, Optimal Health Chiropractic are the perfect company to provide you with the help and advice you need to improve posture. Offering poster checks and care, we know what it takes to relieve pain by ensuring your spine and nervous system are well protected. To find out more about the services we offer, then get in touch with our team today!

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