Posture Tips

If your job involves driving, sitting for extended periods, or lifting, then the following basic tips from Talent Management may be helpful to you.

Good posture is not only a great way to improve your silhouette and give the appearance of confidence, it is also extremely beneficial to wellbeing. Talent Management knows that as we get older addressing the way that we hold ourselves becomes more important; it helps to prevent posture related complaints and encourages core strength and a more youthful appearance.

Approximately half of the UK population will suffer from some form of back complaint in their lifetime, accounting for around five million work absences a year, and many of these cases could be prevented or improved with correct posture. If your job involves driving, sitting for extended periods, or lifting, then the following basic tips may be helpful to you.

Expert help. If you are experiencing any pain it is important to visit a health professional. Problems associated with poor posture may cause pain in unexpected parts of the body so be sure to check out any complaints with your doctor who may be able to offer physiotherapy or other treatments that will relieve your symptoms and help to prevent further damage.

Strengthening exercise. Many forms of exercise will help your posture by strengthening core muscles and improving flexibility. When you have clearance from your doctor to begin exercising, why not consider taking up Yoga, Pilates, Tai-Chi or The Alexander Technique as ways of improving yours? All of these activities are particularly helpful.

At your desk. Many postural problems originate in the neck and simple things like adjusting the height of your computer screen can make a huge difference so always be sure that you are looking directly forward at your screen and not down, or up, at it. Avoid letting your head tip back and chin jut forwards as this can often happen when working at a computer for extended periods. Sit at your desk facing directly forward, in a chair with lower back support and with your feet hip width apart on the floor. Do not cross your legs! Check alignment regularly and be sure to take regular breaks.

Lifting. Always bend from the knee when lifting, never at the waist, and keep large objects close to the chest. Do not lift objects that are too heavy to manage comfortably, get help.

Sleeping. Sleep on your back where possible and on a firm mattress. One pillow should provide plenty of support for your head and neck, try to avoid falling to sleep with your head propped up at an angle.

Driving. When driving sit with your back firmly against the seat for proper support and do not have the seat reclined too far.