Are You Suffering From Poor Posture Unknowingly?

By Stepy Kamei

You've probably been told to keep up a good posture, but do you realize how your posture could be impacting your health? As it turns out, it's more than just having good manners or keeping up a good appearance. Scientific studies have shown a certifiable link between a person's posture and their overall sense of physical and mental health and well-being. For instance, people with poor posture tend to report lower self-esteem, increased stress, and poor sleep habits. On the other hand, people with proper posture often experience higher levels of confidence and satisfaction, as well as better diet and sleeping patterns.

Since it's not something we tend to think about too much, we are often unaware of our posture at any given time. This can make it that much more difficult to assess and correct these issues. However, by making some wise choices when it comes to our health and wellness routine, including seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis, we can work on improving our posture and our health on an overall basis.

Test Your Posture

First things first. In order to get started on your journey to better back and spine health, you'll want to assess your posture. A chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinic can certainly help you with this, but you can also do it yourself with the following assessment. 

Stand with your back against a wall; the backs of your feet should be touching the wall. Just stand naturally, and notice which parts of your body are touching the wall without you having to change the way you're standing. Experts agree that a person's hips, shoulder blades, and back of the head should naturally touch the wall without effort. If you find yourself having to readjust to fit this stance, or if other body parts are touching the wall, then you know you have some work to do, and that this posturing could explain various aches and pains you may get on a regular basis.

Ways To Check Your Posture Throughout the Day

Old habits are hard to break, certainly, which is why it may take a few reminders throughout the day on a regular basis before good posture starts to turn into a natural habit. It could be beneficial to set up sticky notes on your computer screen reminding you to not crane your neck too far forward while working. You may also want to adjust your chair for the best lumbar support for your body type. 

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

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