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Improve Your Posture

By Sara Butler

Bad posture can lead to more than just your grandmother nagging you at family dinners. In fact, poor posture practiced daily can lead to big problems that can start small, such as a little discomfort, and get much bigger -- leading to numbness in the limbs, digestive issues, and headaches.

Luckily, improving your posture isn't that difficult. Here are a few tips from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic that you can start doing now that can lead to big posture improvements.

Think About It

One of the best ways to improve your posture is simply to be mindful of it throughout the day. When you're sitting at your desk, standing in line, sitting on your couch -- surfing social media on your phone -- everything you do should inspire you to think about how you're positioning your body when you do it. If you can work to identify problem posture areas for you, then you can do something to stop it. Try putting a reminder on your phone or computer every once in a while to help you stop to evaluate what you're doing and try to fix it.

Find the Root Cause

Once you figure out when you're practicing poor posture, then you can take the next step -- uncover the root cause of your poor posture.

Many people have causes behind their poor posture practices, such as sitting for too long without getting up and stretching, slouching as you type at your computer, or wearing the wrong type of shoes. If you can discover what things may be pushing you to practice poor posture, then you can eliminate them.

For example, if you wear high heels a lot, consider only wearing them on special occasions since high heels throw off your body's center of gravity and cause you to unnaturally arch your back -- which isn't good posture.

Avoid Tech Neck

If you spend a lot of time on electronic devices, then you need to pay attention to your posture while using them. Holding it down in your lap and hanging your head forward to see the screen places a lot of stress and strain on the back, shoulders, and neck. This can lead to an issue chiropractors see called tech neck and it can be painful.

If you have questions about your posture, then you should talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

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

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