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How Slouching Hurts Your Health

By Stepy Kamei

Slouching has always been an issue. In the past, it was seen as simply a sign of having poor manners. However, in more recent times, slouching is something that's been affecting more and more of us, more and more severely. This is mostly attributed to our increasing reliance on using devices such as cell phones and computers, which often cause us to slouch and position ourselves in an unnatural manner. Over time, if we slouch regularly, it can have serious consequences on the health of our joints, muscles, and ligaments. This is why it's a good idea to take the time to learn more about how slouching hurts our health, and how we can change our habits to prevent slouching too much in the first place. Keep on reading to learn how you can avoid slouching and improve your health by implementing new habits, such as visiting a chiropractor on a regular basis.

The Problems With Poor Posture

As it turns out, having consistent poor posture can be worse for you than you may think. It's about more than looking sloppy or having bad manners -- studies have shown that poor posture really can cause health issues. These issues include muscle aches, joint stiffness, reduced circulation, lower immune system function, and even increased stress and anxiety.

Benefits of Good Posture

Meanwhile, good posture can provide many positive benefits to your overall well-being. You'll be less likely to experience back and neck pain, for one. Furthermore, you may notice increased energy and fewer injuries overall. You'll also benefit from better circulation and improved breathing, since your blood vessels and lungs won't be constricted from poor posture.

How to Maintain Good Posture Every Day

It's important to always be aware of your posture so you can correct it immediately if you're slouching. If you're stuck at a computer at work all day, be sure to take frequent breaks. Stand up, stretch, roll your shoulders, and take a walk to the water cooler at least once every hour if you can.

Chiropractic Can Help

Finally, seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis can really benefit your overall health. Not only do regular chiropractic adjustments help improve posture on a long-term basis, but studies have shown that patients tend to report fewer injuries, reduced aches and pains, and better sleep and energy as a result of receiving regular chiropractic treatments.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz. 

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