Posture for an aging population

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Posture for an aging population


Posture, everyone’s favorite word. Almost everybody wants to improve it but most will struggle to do so throughout the day. Our lifestyles make it difficult to maintain proper posture. The majority of us will spend a lot of our time driving, on the computer, texting on the phone or just fatigued from a busy day. When any of this happens, our posture tends to suffer.  This shouldn’t be the case because posture, especially in the aging population, can have numerous health benefits. These include:


  1. Reduced the stress on our bones and joints. Our bodies are designed to be  aligned a certain way and when we get out of that, we create unnecessary stress on our joints, bones and muscles.
  2. Improved breathing. If your posture collapses forward, as it often does when fatigued, our lungs now have to fight against access pressure from the weight our chest, shoulders and ribs blocking our lungs from fully expanding.
  3. Improved balance, especially in older adults. It has been proven time and time again, maintaining proper posture keeps us balanced. As we age, we may tend to lean forward more, looking down. This changes our center of gravity and increases the tendency to fall forward.
  4. Increased energy and improved circulation. If our posture falls and creates increase pressure on our chest, we have to use more energy to get every breath in. However if you maintain proper posture, each breath gets in using less energy, allows our lunges and diaphragm to expand fully, allowing more oxygen into our blood and using less energy to do this.


But how can I do this?


  1. When sitting, roll up a towel and place it in the curve of your low back.This will help support your low back, preventing you from slouching and keeping proper posture.
  2. When sitting keep both feet flat on the ground.
  3. Sleep on your back or your side and avoid the use of too many pillows to keep your spine in a neutral position.
  4. Avoid bending forward for long periods of time.
  5. When reading, knitting or relaxing, take breaks often. We like the 20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to relax.
  6. Pack your bags light and only bring the essentials
  7. When lifting objects, lift with your knees to lift with ease. Avoid bending or twisting with your back.
  8. Provide great support to your back, knees, ankles and feet with a pair of low heeled/lift, arch supportive shoes.
  9. Avoid cradling objects with your neck and shoulder.
  10. Build a strong core.


For more great tips on posture, or any musculoskeletal concern, consult your local chiropractor!