Is Poor Posture Really Affecting You?
By Sara Butler
If you walk into The Joint Chiropractic and ask the chiropractor if your posture really has that big of an impact on you, then the short answer is a firm yes. Posture is important to your overall health -- as important as exercise, sleep, and diet. When you have good posture, it improves your function and puts less stress on your body. Your body was made to function in a specific way and you can support that with regular chiropractic care and proper posture. Here’s more about just how important posture is to your health.
Why Posture Matters So Much
As stated, posture is as important to your overall health as diet and exercise. Your body was made to move in a certain way and when you practice poor posture, there’s a disturbance in the proper movement patterns that make it difficult for your joints, ligaments, and muscles to work as nature intended them to. This leads to joint dysfunction, restriction, and even injury. The good news for you is that these problems can be avoided no matter how old you are.
What Good Posture Means
The definition of proper posture is that your body is aligned properly in order to function at its best. When you stand or sit tall it allows your whole body to function optimally, impacting everything from breathing to digestion. It also has an impact on your central nervous system, the system in control of every single function of your body.
Proper posture can:
- Help you breathe easier – When you don’t practice proper posture you’re restricting the space your lungs have to expand. This reduced capacity can lead to reduced function and lower oxygenation of your body’s cells. The result is fatigue, headaches, and reduced blood flow.
- Increase the health of your spine in the long-term – For every inch your head leans forward, the pressure on your head and spine increases by as much as 10 pounds. Over time this may lead to pain, tension, headaches, and even long-term degenerative issues to your spine.
What’s the Fix?
Your chiropractor at The Joint can make targeted, specific adjustments to your spine to help reverse some of the impacts of poor posture. They can also help you learn some postural exercise to help your body return to its optimal state. The chiropractors at The Joint take the time to understand what is going on with your body and help you to create goals to put you on the path to better overall health and wellness!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.