Poor posture is something that affects more and more of us these days; so much of our lives are spent slumped over laptops and slouched in chairs playing with mobile devices. London On Site Massage can have a huge benefit if your back, neck, shoulders, or even arms are affected by sitting the wrong way – it can undo a lot of the damage that is done. But what’s even better is, once the massage has taken place, you really need to be aware of how you’re sitting or walking or even standing, and try to correct your posture as much as possible. Here’s how.
It’s not just a case of sitting in a chair and hoping for the best. If you want good posture and you don’t want to suffer any pain (even if a good massage can reduce it substantially), then make sure that your back is property supported by ensuring that your hips are as far back as they can go. A cushion can help here. Keep your feet absolutely flat on the floor, and check that your knees rest level with your hips. They can be a little lower, but not too much, and certainly not higher. If you need a foot rest to achieve this, go for it. Then set up your desk or the area around you so that everything you need is in easy reach – you should twist to reach anything.
Using the right chair, or a chair that is correctly adjusted, can save putting too much strain on your back. Play around with the height, tilt, and of course the position of the chair back until you find a way that makes you most comfortable. If you have arm rests, your shoulders need to stay relaxed when you use them – it can sometimes be best to remove the arm rests altogether to save any problems occurring. Remember, when your arms are on your desk, you should be able to rest them and form an L shape at the elbow.
If at all possible, place your keyboard so that it is directly opposite your body. Your wrists should be straight to avoid damaging them, so you might need either a wrist support or a stand for your laptop, depending on how you are sitting. Your mouse needs to be close by so that you don’t have to reach in order to use it.
The screen on your computer needs to be situated so that the very top of the monitor is around two inches over your eye level. This stops you from looking down and constantly bending your neck. If you are using a laptop that has a keyboard and a screen connected, it will be worth invested in a separate keyboard so that you can optimise the position of each part.
If you can do all of the above, you will find that the pain in your back, arms, neck, and so on will be less of a problem, but it may be that the deep damage has already been done. If this is the case then a deep tissue massage can help hugely.