What is Posture?
Posture is defined as the position in which someone holds their body when standing, sitting, or lying down. We usually assume that bad posture is just related to back pain, but our posture impacts much more than that. Our posture affects our breathing, muscle growth, and mobility. Fun fact: If we didn’t have posture and our muscles that control it, we would fall… right onto the ground. We rely on our posture to keep our bones and joints in the correct alignment.
Signs of Poor Posture
There are many signs of bad posture, but you may not know that these are even related to your posture. While obvious signs are your shoulders being hunched, slouching, a sunken chest, these symptoms you may think are due to a cold or something else:
- Muscle Fatigue
- Pain in Knees or Hips
- Difficulty Breathing
- Back & Neck Pain
- Stiffness in neck or back
Risk Factors of Bad Posture
There are many things that contribute to your bad posture: stress, obesity, pregnancy, high-heeled shoes, etc. When you have poor posture, this can cause long-term problems. Yeah, a little back pain here and there doesn’t seem like a big deal. But eventually, it leads to worsened problems. Your postural muscles are what essentially hold your body up. When you aren’t practicing good posture, this causes strain onto your postural muscles.
When the muscles are constantly being strained, they become more susceptible to injury. Poor posture can also lead to poor cardiovascular health. This is due to slouching while you’re sitting. It puts too much pressure on your stomach, which then adds pressure onto your heart and lungs. Posture can also affect our mood. When you are depressed, you’re more likely to slouch when sitting. If you are dealing with depression and notice poor posture, correcting your posture may help ease your symptoms.
Poor posture can lead to back pain, sciatica, and may also change the way people perceive you. If you walk in to an interview standing tall and looking confident, they automatically assume your confident. If you walk in slouched over, people may perceive you as lazy or sloppy.
Ways YOU Can Improve Your Posture
Improving your posture is the first step in correcting the problem. Does anyone know what correct posture is? Well, obviously, you would follow different rules for whatever you’re doing. Here are the best posture tips:
Sitting: When you’re sitting, refrain from crossing your legs. Your feet should be on the floor, but if you’re too short, a foot rest will help. You also should not sit in one position for too long.
Standing: When standing and walking, make sure that you are standing tall and straight and that your shoulders are pulled back.
Lying down: When lying down, avoid your stomach at all costs. You should be laying on your back or on your side. If you’re on your back, you should have a pillow under your knees. If you’re on your side, you should have a pillow between your knees.
Other ways to improve your posture are:
- Stop slouching
- Pull your chest up
- Straighten your shoulders
- Keep your head up
Chiropractic Treatment for Bad Posture
It’s no surprise that a chiropractic would be a first line of defense choice for bad posture. When you first arrive to the chiropractic, they are going to do a lot of observing and testing. First, they’re going to go through your health history. They are also going to observe the way you walk and sit, along with assessing your spinal alignment. Range of motion and flexibility tests, along with muscle strength and length tests are important as well. These tests will show how weak your postural muscles are.
Chiropractors can help in many ways. First, if your spine is misaligned from your poor posture, they can use spinal manipulation to combat that problem. They can also help with problems such as damage to the curvature of your neck, hunchback, forward head posture, scoliosis, etc. In addition to adjustments, your chiropractor can help with giving you exercises to follow up with and recommend proper positions for sitting, lying down, and standing.
When I first came to 100% I didn’t think I needed a lot correction in my posture but now after a couple of months I’ve seen dramatic improvement in my posture and reduction in back pain and improvement in my overall health and well-being.
“I started chiropractic care because I became aware of my posture getting worse. It really didn’t affect my life yet, but I didn’t want it to become noticeable to the public.
Since beginning chiropractic care, I have improved neck alignment and less pressure on my neck and in between my shoulders. I also have enhanced energy and improved focus. The staff is awesome!”
– J. Smith, Loop 2 Patient
I had lower and center back pain as well as minor neck pain. On a scale of 1 through 10 my back pain was an 8 on regular days. On cold/rainy/snowy days he pain was a 10 + which caused a lack of sleep and mobility problems. I used to think that chiropractic was a waste of time and money. Before chiropractic I just tolerated the pain. After chiropractic, my back pain has reduced significantly. Thanks to chiropractic I have better posture while sitting. Now I don’t have to worry about being found hunched over while sitting due to pain.
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