Poor posture while standing can introduce or exacerbate a whole other set of potentially pain-causing issues. “Our bodies tend to go to the pattern of less stress,” says Emily Splichal, DPM, a Manhattan-based podiatrist and movement specialist who is the author of Barefoot Strong. In other words, you’ll assume the position that is easiest, and sometimes that results in poor posture.
|Dr. Emily Splichal
Luckily, there are easy ways to make sure that your standing isn’t just sitting 2.0. First, you want to start with the feet. “They are the foundation to our posture,” says Dr. Splichal, which means women will want want to ditch the heels while standing desk-side. A two- to three-inch heel will tighten the fascia—the connective tissue web that envelops the bones, muscles, and tendons—and will put stress on your joints, she says.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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