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Poor Posture: It's About More Than Just How You Look

By Sara Butler

Many people are aware of their posture because of how it makes them look, but there are many other reasons to be concerned about your posture. The way you stand, sit, and sleep can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness. The effects of poor posture have such a large impact on your health that it's time to sit up and pay attention. Here are a few of the problems poor posture can cause and why the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to do something about it.

Your Posture

Posture is how you hold your body as you sit, stand, or lay down. The American Chiropractic Association says that good posture is the proper alignment of the different parts of your body, supported by the correct amount of muscle tension against the gravitation pull of the earth.

Your posture is the product of many muscles working together to maintain the position of your body. If it's not right, then it can cause a ripple effect that causes problems everywhere.

The Impact of Poor Posture

There are several ways that practicing poor posture can impact you beyond simply how you look. These include:

  • Poor Circulation - When you slouch and round your back, then it has an impact on your body's circulation. It can even increase your blood pressure. This can really impact you if you sit for long periods. That's why you should make it point to get up and move at least once every hour no matter where you are.
  • Foot and knee pain - Is your knee bothering you or maybe you've got a weird pain in one of your feet? That can be the result of your poor posture choices. When your spine isn't aligned, then it can put extra stress on the joints in your legs, forcing your body to carry weight and move in a way that it's not supposed to.
  • Headaches - Your head positioning is also a part of your posture and if it's not right, then it can lead to headaches. The tightened muscles in your neck, shoulders, and head can cause frequent headaches if something isn't done to improve it.

Poor posture can have a huge impact on your health. Let the chiropractors at The Joint help you discover how to improve it and improve your health and wellness in the process!

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

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