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It's in Your Posture: How Your Stance is Causing Pain

By Genevieve Cunningham

Too many people stand and sit with horrible posture. We slouch. We let our shoulders fall forward. We're lazy! For most of us, posture just isn't something that we regularly think about. And besides, it doesn't really hurt anything but our appearance, right? Unfortunately, this is wrong! Poor posture can cause a wide variety of negative side effects. If you think that your posture may be poor or in decline, take a look at the damage it can cause and what you can do to correct it. 

Why Posture Matters

Posture matters for two main reasons. First, good posture makes us look better. It's an aesthetic thing. When we stand up tall with our shoulders back, we look more confident and attractive. Second, good posture keeps the back, neck, and the rest of the body in better health. Each bone and muscle stays where it's supposed to be, and we suffer from less injury and pain.

Signs of Poor Posture

It's possible that you have poor posture and don't even realize it. Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Are your shoulders falling forward or pulled up and back? Is your belly button reaching toward the the mirror, or is it pulled back toward your spine? Those with poor posture might experience pain in the back or neck, too. Most people, with simple observation of the way their body looks and feels, can determine whether their posture is on point or left wanting more.

Exercise for Good Posture

If you have poor posture, there are very specific exercises that can be done to strengthen the body in the right places. To find these exercises, just do a quick internet search. There are free videos online that you can follow along with to help improve the way that you stand and sit. Just know that slow and steady wins the race process. Stick with it to see results.

Chiropractic Care

Another great way to improve posture is by improving the health of the back as a whole, and this can be done through chiropractic care. Chiropractors use gentle manipulation to remove joint restrictions from the body. These areas can cause pain and immobility. When removed, you'll feel better, and standing up straight will be easier. Chiropractors may also be able to give you tips and pointers for how to correct your posture for good.

If you would like to add chiropractic care to your life, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is an easy and stress-free process. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing plan to get the care you need without any extra stress. With better posture, you'll feel better both mentally and physically. Get moving toward better posture and better health with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

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

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