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Good Posture? What Is That?

By Donna Stark

You were probably told more than once to sit up straight and to stop slouching when you were a child, but did you ever wonder why? Maybe it was because the adults who were telling you that were suffering from back pain caused by years of their very own poor posture. Maybe, just maybe, they were trying to look out for you and help you avoid the very same pain. If you are dealing with back pain and suspect your posture is the cause, it's not too late to change. And luckily, your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are close enough to help!

Good Posture? What Is That?

Good posture isn't just about sitting tall and looking pretty all day. It's about holding and carrying your body in positions that put the least amount of strain on your spine. So, from the way you sit to the way you stand to the way you sleep, paying attention to your posture is something you need to do throughout the entire day! And although it sounds like a lot of work, the effort you put into doing so will be well worth it because you can reduce the risk of the following health issues.

  • Disc degeneration and Joint stiffness
  • Poor circulation
  • Muscle strains and ligament sprains
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Poor digestion
  • Compromised breathing
  • Nerve irritation
  • Heart conditions

Tips to Improve Your Posture

Small changes can make a big difference, especially when they pertain to your posture. Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can't wait to share a few of their favorite  posture-friendly tips that support healthier habits while eating, sleeping, and working. 

  • Standing - Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart, your arms hanging naturally by your sides, and your chin parallel to the floor
  • Sitting - Avoid slouching when sitting by uncrossing your legs, relaxing your shoulders, and using a lumbar support for your back
  • Sleeping - Improve your sleep posture with a healthy sleep position, a quality mattress, and supportive pillows
  • Working - Reduce the risk of tech neck by keeping screens at eye level, investing in ergonomic equipment, and taking plenty of breaks throughout the day

Wise Words of Advice

You received great advice as a child, but now it's time to actually follow it! Start making the necessary changes to your daily behaviors today and reduce your risk of future back pain. Remember, it's never too late to change for the better and your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic will always be by your side!

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

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