Good Posture for the Body

Standing or sitting up straight is not just etiquette or a formality. There are several opinions about what good posture is.

The lifestyle of today’s society makes many people spend time in a bent position in front of computers and notebooks or reading books, and sitting in uncomfortable positions in office chairs, cars or homes. Their use of cellphones and their digital social media activities trigger changes in body posture.

Changes in posture cause the spine to increase. Complaints in the spine and the surrounding area, both in the muscles and joints to the spinal cord begin to appear and interfere with daily activities. Most people are aware of the appearance of symptoms of back and/or neck pain, but many do not care. Back or neck pain is the second most common reason why you need to see a doctor every year and take painkillers for a long time.

Bad posture like slouching not only makes you look older. Research shows that bad posture also interferes with digestion and internal organ function and even sexual disorders. The spine, muscles and joints are connected to each other is the main foundation of the body that functions to move and good posture keeps the body in balance. The nerves that lie between the vertebrae are branches of the nervous system of the brain.

When a person’s posture changes from its normal curve, the balance of the spine to support the body is disturbed. As a result, the muscles become tense and the joints stiffen quickly. This will cause postural disorders, scoliosis, headaches (migraine or tension headaches) and back or waist pain, to pinched nerves.

To assess your posture, you can stand in front of a mirror. Good posture is when your ears, shoulders and pelvis are in a parallel position. From the side, the curves of the body are behind the neck, shoulders and waist. Normal curves are formed when you can draw a straight line between the ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.

What is Good Sitting Posture?

Adjust the sitting position so that your head, neck and back are in a straight line and your gaze is straight ahead. Use a chair with a backrest to support your back, adjust the height of the chair so that your feet are on the floor. When using a computer, it is recommended to adjust the monitor’s height to eye level so that the head is not bent or looked up. Position your arms in a neutral position at your sides and elbows at an angle of more than 90 degrees. Use a mouse size that fits the size of your palm and place the keyboard close to your body.

Every 30 minutes do a stretch in the neck, shoulders, waist and legs and get up from your chair. Sitting position that is not good will make our bodies tired quickly and physical activity becomes not optimal. You can check your posture at