Sit Up Straight!
By Donna Kostiew
I couldn’t tell you when the slippery slope started for me. It could have been when my youngest was born and because of certain health issues needed to be held much more than my first. It could have been the years and years of sitting on bleachers, on floors, and in my car for hours while my girls were at their sports practices, or it could have been all of those long days working in childcare, lifting and carrying children, sitting and being hunched over tables that were seemingly made for living dolls.
My mother and my piano teacher always corrected me growing up, and it wasn’t as if I didn’t know any better, but I don’t think I really took notice of how bad my posture had gotten until I was literally in pain over it.
Posture can have a tremendous impact on your health. If you would like to find out why and understand more, your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can help with that. Until then, let’s go over some of the more important key facts.
Poor posture can lead to a change in your body’s structure, especially when it becomes a constant habit. This can often cause restrictions (often called misalignments), increased stress on the shoulder joints, and abnormal muscle function. Be mindful of your posture while driving, using a computer, sitting or standing for extended periods of time, and carrying heavy objects.
Pain and Illness
When your posture is out of whack, then more than likely so are your body’s stress levels. This can cause headaches, fatigue, neck, lower back, and joint pain, and a host of other issues. By correcting your posture, the risk for arthritis and spinal issues are reduced and the effectiveness of your body’s nervous system and organ functions are improved. Sitting up straight (and not slouching) can also help you breathe better, which allows for more oxygen to enter your body, and we all know what better breathing can help with … yep, that’s right, deep breaths are your body’s natural way to keep you relaxed!
It’s been shown that there is a link between good posture and better moods. People who practice good posture typically feel happier, experience increased energy, and have a more positive self-image than those who don’t. When a person has poor posture, they may be in pain and their body may not be functioning as it should, so logically, it makes sense that their mood will be affected as well, especially if they aren’t as active as they would like.
The human body is a remarkable design and practicing good posture can make all the difference in how that design continues to work.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in La Verne, Calif.