Having and maintaining a good posture is a major step in preventing back pain. When leading a busy lifestyle, the basic warning signs of back problems can go unnoticed.


The ideal posture would allow for a 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.

Posture examples

You can find more advice and tips on general posture advice here

Gentle exercise is great for helping improve your posture and for you to ‘tune in’ to how your body is moving.  
This video goes through a series of exercises advised by the British Chiropractic Association : 
Straighten Up UK is a set of simple stretches and exercises from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.  The exercises can be adapted to suit individual capabilities (discuss with GP, chiropractor or other healthcare practitioner).

Easy to learn and do, the sequence of exercises consists of precise, slow stretches, each with a specific purpose. The Straighten Up materials have been developed with both adults and children in mind. you can download a leaflet here.

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