Improve Your Posture With This Simple Programme

As chiropractors we are only too well aware of how important having and maintaining a good posture is to the good health of your back. However, it often comes as a complete surprise to many of the patients we treat at Cliff Chiropractic in Southend.

Of course there are other benefits of maintaining a good posture and not just physical health ones. A good posture can also have a positive influence on your mental well-being and how you look.  Standing straighter can lift your mood and make you feel and appear more confident and eager. It also makes you look taller and slimmer without the help of high heels or a diet!

Unfortunately our lifestyles are often not conducive to maintaining a good posture. Spending hours in front of our computers, time spent slouched on the sofa watching TV, driving long distances and holding stress in our bodies are all some of the activities that take their toll on our posture.

The good news is that there are some simple and effective things you can do to improve your posture.

The British Chiropractic Association (BC) has developed a simple 3 minute exercise programme that is designed for you to incorporate into your daily routine and that will help improve your posture. It’s called Straighten Up UK.

The video below will take you through the programme. It can be done by people of all ages and abilities. The exercises can be adapted to suit your needs – discuss these with your GP, chiropractor or other health care practitioner before you start.






Look slimmer taller and younger and get a better back too


good postureHaving good posture means holding your body upright against gravity, we can look younger and slimmer, breathe more easily and have more energy but we need to train our bodies to do this.

The ideal posture allows for a plumb line to hang straight through your ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle. Try and stand in a relaxed way but gently contracting your abdominal muscles. When sitting, the same is true. The gravity line should pass thorough ear, shoulder and hip.

‘Straighten Up’ is a simple, three-minute exercise programme for all ages, designed to help strengthen the spine, improve posture and help joints.

These exercises can release tension in your shoulders so you look less hunched, build core muscle which will flatten your stomach, stretch your chest muscles so you can breath more easily and deeply helping you to feel more energised.

Give them a go for a New Year and New You.

Watch the video here:

You can also find a lot of valuable posture advice on the BCA website