Practicing Good Posture for Better Overall Health
By Stephen R. Farris
Practicing good posture is something that seems to have been left in the 1950s, so it seems. For us boomer folks, good posture -- among other things -- was preached to us at an early age and throughout most of our youth.
But it seems to be a somewhat forgotten tool. Most of it can be blamed on our fast-paced society and in the workplace. We don't always walk as upright as we should, and if you work in an office at a desk, or drive all day, more than likely you are slouching, or hunching while sitting.
Overall, poor posture can lead to a variety of health issues, mainly in the back.
Why It's Important
For starters, good posture helps keep our bones and muscles correctly aligned and ensures that we are being used properly, as intended. It also helps reduce stress on the ligaments, and helps our muscles become more efficient so our bodies use less energy. So technically, we become less fatigued. Good posture can help reduce our chances of overusing our muscles to the point they become strained or injured.
What If I Keep Doing What I Do?
If you continue to practice poor posture, chances are your postural muscles will become more relaxed, thus leading to an increase of back pain and other health issues. If you're stressed, overweight, pregnant, and the previously mentioned (along with a few additional scenarios) can lead to poor posture.
Can It Be Corrected?
Of course poor posture can be corrected. However, it depends a lot on how long you've been practicing poor posture. The longer it has been going on, the more time it will take to break your habit. Short-term posture issues can be corrected much sooner.
In a nutshell, if you're having problems with poor posture and want to correct it, visit with your local chiropractor to find out tips and suggestions they can offer you to help get you back to a healthy, more vibrant lifestyle that you're accustomed to. Don't forget, when you're feeling pain in your back, neck and joints, your local chiropractor can help you get relief.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.