One of the easiest things that you can do to reduce spinal cord compression and the effects of stenosis (spinal column narrowing) in the short-term is to improve your posture. This seemingly simple step can go a long way toward reducing the stress and strain placed on your spine every day and allow your back or neck to heal correctly. However, maintaining proper posture can be easier said than done if you’ve gotten in the bad habit of slouching, not sitting up straight, or sleeping the wrong way.
Benefits of Good Posture
There are a number of benefits that come from sitting, standing and lying in positions that reduce strain on the body, including:
- Good posture keeps your bones and muscles in proper alignment and reduces the chance of arthritis
- Prevents muscle fatigue because the body moves more efficiently
- Cuts down on the stress put on the body
- Improves your image and confidence
- Develop a stronger core and abdomen
How to Improve Your Posture
The first step toward reducing spinal cord compression, stenosis, and other back problems, is to sit up or stand straight with your shoulders back. If you’re sitting in a chair, focus on placing your buttocks at the back of the seat, with your lower back flush with the cushion for lumbar support). Also, attempt to distribute your body weight evenly through your hips, so you aren’t favoring your right or left side. Keeping your feet flat on the floor is also important. If you are sleeping or just lying down, avoid sleeping on your stomach and try to support your lower back and elevate your feet if at all possible. Also, a firm mattress is typically better than a saggy one. Neck support pillows can also be effective.
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