How Chiropractic Helps with Poor Posture
By Sara Butler
Bad posture is something everyone is guilty of at one time or another! But chronic poor posture is something that has an impact on a lot of people. It can cause a variety of physical ailments and issues. Even though you’re the only one who can control your posture, there are ways in which the chiropractors at The Joint can help. Here’s what you need to know to keep you on the up and up when it comes to your posture!
Why Good Posture is So Difficult
It’s a challenge to maintain good posture. It seems much easier to let your shoulders slump forward or your hips to slouch back when you’re sitting than it is to keep your shoulders back and the natural curves of your lower spine intact.
For some people, there are structural reasons why good posture is difficult to maintain. For others, it’s positional causes, such as:
- Excess weight
- Weakness of abdominal muscles
- Muscle imbalance
- Self-esteem issues that cause slouch
- Degenerative conditions that prevent normal posture
- A chair that isn’t ergonomic
Why Poor Posture Matters
One of the biggest consequences of poor posture is that you will eventually start to feel it. Pain, discomfort, and even muscle spasms can start to occur from the undue stress you place on your body. See, your body craves balance, so when you sit or stand with poor posture it will try to correct itself, putting a lot of pressure on muscles that eventually begin to cause problems. When you get to the point of experiencing pain or discomfort, the underlying issue with your posture has probably been around for quite some time. Your body simply protected you until it couldn’t anymore.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
The analysis of your posture by a chiropractor can be an important tool to help you get back on the straight and narrow! Some of the things chiropractors look at when assessing you are:
- A difference in the height of your shoulders
- Forward tilt to the pelvis
- Alignment of the knees
- Changes in gait
- Variations in your stance
- Increase in spinal curvature
Once they can identify the root cause of your posture issues, then they can work with you to create a treatment plan to get you healthy, treating the underlying cause of your posture issues and not simply your symptoms!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, Colo.