Posture Tips from a Chiropractor
By Stepy Kamei
Many chiropractors notice that their patients who come in complaining of back and neck pain tend to have at least one thing in common -- poor posture. What exactly is poor posture? How is it caused, and more importantly, how can you prevent it from impacting your health and well-being? The good news is that, even though poor posture is an increasingly common issue in today's tech-obsessed society, there are ways to easily and helpfully correct your posture throughout your daily routine so that you're better able to live a healthier lifestyle overall. Chiropractors can give useful advice on this topic during their sessions, but here are some helpful tips you can try out now!
Posture at Work
Chiropractors find that their clients' workplace is often one of the biggest culprits for encouraging poor posture. Most people find themselves stuck in a cubicle or office setting, hunched over a computer screen for hours on end, while sitting in chairs not designed for ergonomic comfort. The posture we take while sitting in front of a computer is not normal; our shoulders hunch up and we jut our chins outward and down. This places unneeded stress and strain on the spine, as well as the joints and muscles along the upper back and neck region. Over time, this can create chronic aches, pains, and stiffness. Therefore, chiropractors recommend getting up and stretching every hour or two, even if only for a minute. Frequent walks around the office and to the water cooler are highly encouraged as well, in order to encourage circulation throughout the body.
Posture at Home
Once you get home, make sure you're not repeating the mistake of slouching in front of your laptop, cell phone, or television screen as well. Consider taking a walk after dinner to avoid joint stiffness. You may also want to think about investing in ergonomic furniture for better full-body support when you do sit back to relax.
If you're not sleeping well, many aspects of your well-being can become compromised as a result. Poor sleep leads to fatigue during the day, lack of concentration, and even mood swings. Chiropractors recommend taking the time to research the best mattresses and pillows for your sleeping habits in order to improve your sleep posture.
Feel free to visit with a chiropractor at your local branch of The Joint Chiropractic clinics in order to learn more about what you can do to improve your posture and boost your overall health.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz.