5 Tips to Improve Your Posture
By Virginia Laird
Many people find the correct posture to be uncomfortable and unnatural. It lacks much to be desired. However, maintaining the proper posture is not only important, it is necessary to the health of the spine and the maintenance of body function. The truth about your spine is simple. It holds the body together. Your spine is responsible for the transmission of messages from the brain to the body. As your spine becomes restricted, it slows the travel of these messages. This movement also interrupts the function of the body.
Identify the Need for Improvement
Before anyone can go about correcting improper posture, it is paramount to identify and acknowledge that your posture needs improvement. Like all other flaws, before it can be fixed, it must be noted. Things that can cause your posture to be improper include:
- Sitting or standing with your shoulders hunched forward
- Carrying heavy loads on one side of your body (and doing it often)
- Wearing high heels
- Sleeping without proper support
- Staring up at a computer screen all day
- Holding your phone between your cheek and shoulder
Exercising regularly can help improve your posture. Strengthening the muscles that support your spine and neck will help your body feel comfortable with correct posture. Easy exercises such as shoulder rolls can stretch out your neck muscles. Other exercises that will help encourage proper posture include:
- Seated rows
- Chest stretches
Including these exercises daily will help your posture improve more rapidly.
Adjust Your Sleep Position
Although it seems absurd, sleep can affect your posture. The very best way to sleep is on your back or side with an appropriate pillow for support. One of the more popular sleep positions is the stomach, but this is actually the worst position for your spine. This causes strain on your entire body. Having a great pillow is just as important as the sleep position itself.
Allow your body to relax every day. Stretching daily releases the tension in your muscles. It allows them to relax. Ideally this daily routine would take place before bed.
Visit the Chiropractor Regularly
Making routine visits to the chiropractor can also help you keep your posture in check. Your chiropractor can help restore your spine as it may have moved. While visiting your chiropractor you will also discuss exercises, stretches, and sleep positions that will help keep your spine in check.
Having correct posture takes the stress off the back and neck. Soon you will notice the tension in your back and neck no longer exists. Afterward, you may not even realize how much tension you actually had in that area.
To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.