Smart Moves: Check Chiropractic and Your Posture
By Sandy Schroeder
Many of us who sit all day have become more aware of our posture. It's all too easy to crouch over the keyboard or slump over a cell phone.
If you doubt it, have someone take a picture of you working or using your phone at home.
Then check into chiropractic and see how easy it is to align your spine and straighten up. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you provides doctors of chiropractic who are well equipped to help.
When you come in, your chiropractor will want to evaluate your spinal health and your posture. The spine allows us to spin through our day, while the central nervous system housed inside provides the brain-to-body communication that keeps our system running. When the spine is healthy, the whole body thrives.
Gentle targeted spinal adjustments may ease your aches and pain and surprise you with better sleep, more energy and more mental clarity.
Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may keep you moving and provide a platform to work on your posture.
WellAndGood.com says the best way to change your posture is to be aware of your body. There are pillows that help the body maintain alignment at night and posture fixing apps, but the easiest, most reasonable approach might be the five-point test that physical therapists use to evaluate patients for imbalances.
Five-Point Posture Check
See how you measure up.
Draw a line from nose to chest - See if your head is tilting to one side or if your head is pointed down as your body slumps.
See if shoulders are level - Draw an invisible line from one shoulder to the other.
Check arms - See if both arms are the same length, and whether the space between arms and body is equal when they hang at your side.
See if knees are level - Check if the knees are turned in or turned out.
See if the pelvis is tilted - Normally the pelvis is tilted about 14 degrees. If it is tilted more you may have an imbalance which could affect your stride when you are walking.
Check Your Seated Posture
- Does your chair provide support for back and shoulders?
- Are you sitting up straight with shoulders back and down?
- Does your head move forward when you are working?
- Are your feet flat on the floor?
- Are you looking straight ahead at your monitor?
When you are ready to work on your posture, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Clinics are open weekends and evenings and walk-ins are welcome. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.