Straighten Up: Why Good Posture Matters!

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Believe it or not posture is vital to the function and maintenance of every part of your body, from your muscles and your joints all the way to organ health and longevity!

Identifying a posture problems (and having a plan to correct them) as soon as possible is one of the fastest ways to avoid long-term damage, quickly boost energy, and safeguard your health over your lifetime.

Take a look around.  You won’t need to look far to see people of all ages and even fitness levels with deteriorating posture.

With more videos games, smart devices and increased time sitting in desks, driving in cars and being generally inactive…we’re not helping ourselves to solve these issues.

Maybe our grandparents weren’t that crazy when they constantly reminded us to “stand up tall” and “stop slouching”. Poor posture is a far-reaching condition within the human frame. It affects our health in ways we can see and feel but more importantly, it affects us in ways we could have no idea about.

woman using tech devices on table with poor posture

Poor Posture can . . .

Accelerate depression, stress and consume energy. In a study with university students, walking in a slouched position decreased energy levels and increased feelings of depression.

A structural distortion puts your body in a state of increased energy consumption…in fact Roger Sperry PhD. won the Nobel Prize or stating “the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism and healing.”
If you’re experiencing depression, we also recommend reaching out to a professional for help.

Contribute to digestive disorders.  Chronic slouching positions can constrict your intestines making digestion difficult.

Increase musculoskeletal pain.  It only makes sense that the harder your muscles must to work to support your distorted body, the more fatigued, inflamed and uncomfortable they will become.  How many people with headaches, back pain, shoulder pain or other related conditions are simply experiencing the secondary effects of poor posture?

Restrict breathing.  More than one study has demonstrated that moving the head into a forward direction can reduce lung function. Constricting the lungs expansion and contraction also diminishes the amount of oxygen getting to the rest of body.

Contribute to a shortened lifespan.  It’s hard to say whether this is a “chicken or egg” situation but multiple studies show that (at least in the aging population that was studied) an anterior head position (hyperkyphosis) relates to increased mortality (chance of dying).

How Chiropractic Care Enhances Posture for a Healthier You

1. Aligning/Correcting the Spine:

Chiropractic care focuses on the spine, the central pillar of our body. Misalignments, also known as subluxations, can result in poor posture. Chiropractors use gentle adjustments to realign and make corrections to the spine, promoting proper curvature and relieving stress on the surrounding muscles and taking pressure off the nervous system.

2. Muscle Balance and Strength:

Weak or imbalanced muscles are common contributors to poor posture. Chiropractors work not only on the spine but also on the supporting muscles. Through targeted adjustments and exercises, they help strengthen muscles, creating a stable foundation that encourages better posture.

3. Relieving Tension and Discomfort:

Poor posture often leads to tension and discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and back. Chiropractic adjustments release tension in the muscles and joints, providing relief and allowing the body to adopt a more natural and comfortable posture.

4. Awareness and Education:

Chiropractors are excellent educators when it comes to posture. They assess your current posture and imbalances, identify areas that need correcting, and provide guidance on maintaining proper alignment in daily activities. This awareness is crucial for preventing future posture-related issues.

5. Individual Treatment Plans:

Every individual is unique, and so are their posture-related challenges. Chiropractors develop personalized treatment plans to address specific needs. Whether it’s addressing a desk-job-induced slouch or improving the curvature of the spine, chiropractic care adapts to your body’s requirements.

6. Enhancing Overall Wellness:

Beyond just addressing posture, chiropractic care contributes to overall wellness. By promoting spinal health, it positively impacts the nervous system, immune system, and various other bodily functions. A well-aligned spine allows the body to function optimally, supporting your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

The good news?

Chiropractic care offers a natural and effective way to improve posture, helping you stand tall and live a healthier life.

Your posture is more than just how you look – it’s a reflection of your overall health. Chiropractic care provides a holistic approach to improving posture, addressing the root causes and empowering you to stand tall with confidence. Say goodbye to slouching and hello to a healthier, more aligned you.

If you’re looking to develop good posture, we can help. Contact our clinic today to begin with a detailed posture analysis, neurostructural exam, x-rays and a personalized care plan to start improving your posture, and your overall health.

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