Kids hear the advice all the time: Don’t slouch. But having good posture is just as important for adults, especially for those who spend their days sitting at their desks.
“A lot of people are in front of their screens for many hours of the day. As we sit and use screens, we have a tendency to develop a slouched-forward posture,” explains Dr. Michelle Chi, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine and an assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. “This type of posture puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the discs in both your neck and back, which can lead to pain. The best thing we can do for our back and spine health is to have good posture.”
Dr. Chi, who is also an attending physician with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, shared with Health Matters six steps that will help you sit and stand taller. “It’s never too late to improve posture,” she says.