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Is Your Posture Creating Pain in Your Body?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people who have bad posture don't even realize it. Or maybe they simply don't realize how bad it really is. After all, what does a little slouching really hurt? The unfortunate part is that poor posture may actually hurt a lot -- literally! When you don't take the time to stand up straight and tall, there are quite a few side effects that may pop up and cause problems. If you're one of the many who suffer from posture that is less than your best, take a look at these issues that may show up in your life. 

The Side Effects of Bad Posture

Poor posture might affect everyone differently, but there are certainly a few side effects that are more common than others. Pain in the back and neck are two of the most frequently reported pains associated with poor posture. It can also cause weak core muscles, headaches, and low self-esteem. The way we carry ourselves matters, and if we aren't careful, some of these side effects are hard to reverse.

How to Improve Your Posture

If you're ready to take matters into your own hands, there are things you can do to improve your overall posture and stance. A few of the most effective include:

  • Exercises - There are specific exercises that are meant to strengthen the shoulder, back, and core muscles. These are the muscles used in good posture, and the stronger they are, the easier it is to maintain a proper stance. If you want to give these a try, do a quick YouTube search and follow along.

  • Awareness - One of the most important things you need for good posture is simple awareness. If you don't know what good posture looks like, look it up. If you don't know whether your own posture is good or bad, look in a mirror or ask a friend. Once you become aware, you can make the necessary changes to improve it.

  • Chiropractic care - Though most people think that chiropractic care is only for back pain, it's actually so much more than that. For posture, chiropractors can help ease pains in the body, improve overall strength and function of the spine, and might even give you tips for making lasting changes. If you're truly interested in good posture, chiropractic care should be your first step.

If you would like to try chiropractic care for your poor posture, visit The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easy and stress-free. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get quality care starting now. Don't live with poor posture. Get the help you need for better posture and better health beginning with a stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

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

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