For every person who has ever heard about their bad posture, the keys to learning how to straighten your back can be the keys to finally silencing the nagging. There is no need to resort to drastic measures such as surgery to accomplish a straight and healthy spine, in fact, some of the tips for getting the kinks out are surprisingly easy to do.
One of the most important things you can do for your continued health is to maintain a healthy weight. The more pounds that you are carrying over your optimal, healthy weight, the more stress you put on your back. Exercises, particularly those that work the abdominal muscles, are also great for keeping your back strong and healthy. Yoga, which will help improve the flexibility in the spine, also helps to keep the abs strong and therefore keeps your back strong as well.
While you are working on improving your spine and abdominal strength and health, you should also work on improving your diet as well. Getting enough calcium can go a long way to keeping you strong. A calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, which can mean a hunched over body and slumped shoulders. The real culprit is very small fractures in the vertebra that become compacted and pressed together. In addition to increasing your calcium, it is important to make sure that you are getting enough Vitamin D in your diet. Because most people, particularly women do not get enough of either, a supplement might be necessary.
Another of the easiest things you can do to is to practice perfect posture. Think of a ruler directly behind you keeping you as straight as possible, with the buttocks tucked down and under, the stomach held firm and in, the shoulders down and back, away from the ears and the head looking straight ahead. It might sound like a lot to keep in mind and in some people, especially those that are chronic slouchers, it might take a lot of time and practice, but once you get that better posture, you will feel much better all over.
If you think it is necessary, you might need to replace your mattress with one that is firm enough to give you good support. Avoid using too many pillows when you sleep and consider the use of positioning devices to give yourself better alignment. Once you learn how to straighten your back, you will look taller and thinner and you will feel younger and healthier.