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Two Common Types of Poor Posture

By Sara Butler

Posture is a kind of universal language. No matter where you go the rules of good posture apply: You should stand up straight with your head up, your shoulders back and your feet firmly planted shoulder width apart. In every place on this planet, moms are probably lecturing their children at this very moment about their posture. But just as proper posture is universal, poor posture is too. Here are the most common types of poor posture that make chiropractors around the world shudder!

Kyphosis – Or Hunching Over

This is the most classic of the poor postures. It’s where you stand with your shoulders forward, your head down and your upper back curved. It’s very common in people who spend too much time sitting in front of their computer on a daily basis – because who doesn’t slouch at work every now and then?

The problem with this posture is it puts a lot of pressure on your back and neck. This will lead to weak muscles in your abdomen as well as your upper back, and that will eventually lead to back pain and discomfort. This creates a vicious cycle of pain and discomfort due to the fact that it weakens the muscles that allow you to sit or stand in a proper posture.

The only solution is to avoid hunching when you’re working. At work you should make sure you have an ergonomic chair and your monitor positioned at eye level so you don’t have to look down. You should also work on strengthening your upper back and your abdominal muscles.

Hyperlordosis – Or Swayback

Swayback is the reverse of hunchback, causing an exaggerated curve in your lower back. This is a common posture that is most associated with additional weight in the midsection and is common in people that spend a lot of time standing.

The problem with swayback is it creates weak core muscles that don’t assist the upper body sitting forward. This posture unequally distributes weight on your spine and other joints, causing strain and stress that can end up causing pain.

The best way to deal with this posture is to work on strengthening your abdominal muscles. Stretches paired with chiropractic care can also helpful.

These aren’t the only two of the postures that cause problems for people – there are more. If you suspect that your posture isn’t what it should be, you should discuss it with your chiropractor during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic! 

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