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Standing Posture

A good posture is a well-balanced posture.posture types

If part of your body is tipped forward, backwards, to one side or even twisted, opposing muscle groups will have to tightened to hold you up.

Think about your foot-ware.

High heels may look attractive but are not good for the posture, don't stand or walk for long periods in high heels.

Don't stand in one position for too long, keep changing position and transferring weight between the feet intermittently to check your weight is still placed equally over both feet.

Ideally stand on a soft or sprung surface when it is possible.

Work Height.

Elevate or incline the work surface for light/ precision work.

For regular work the height should allow your elbows to be bent to about 90 degrees.

For heavier work the elbows should not be bent as much, maybe 45 degrees.

Don't stand bent forward at the waist or neck.

Keep a little tension in the stomach muscles and do not lock the knees or sway back.


If you have joint stiffness and or muscle tension for example in your hips, back shoulders etc this can effect the way you stand. 


Osteopathy can restore movement in joints and relax tension in over tight muscle groups.


If you would like to make an appointment at Princes Avenue Osteopathic clinic please contact us.

Sitting Posture

One of the best things you can do to prevent back, and neck problems is to have a proper sitting posture.sitting

If you work at a desk for long periods or have a long car/train/plane journey to make it is easy to slump and sit for too long without getting up.

Improve your posture at the desk by:

Sitting close to your work.

Sit in a chair that is low enough to place the feet flat on the floor and no lower.

Have a chair that supports your back in a slightly arched position.

Improve your sitting posture when driving by:

Using the lumbar support or a small pillow in the low back.

Sit close enough to reach the pedals and the steering wheel so you do not have to slump your back.

Do not grip the steering wheel to hard and lower the shoulders if you feel they have hunched.

If you have trouble getting in and out of the car seat push the seat back when you have finished the journey, giving yourself plenty of room to swing the legs out of the car then push yourself out by using your arms trying not to twist the body.


For more information on posture follow the link to our page 'On the importance of good posture'.

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