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The Side Effects of Good Posture

By Sara Butler

Sitting up straight does more than keep your grandmother happy, it also happens to have some great benefits to your health and wellness. Posture is often overlooked by people when it comes to thinking of their overall wellness, but it can actually have a huge impact on your health. Here are a few of the ways that maintaining good posture can benefit your health.

Reduced Headaches

Do you suffer from headaches regularly? Well, if you improve your posture, then you may be able to say goodbye to those pesky headaches.

Many people spend hours staring at a handheld device or computer screen each day. Looking down for long periods, even just slightly, can put a lot of pressure on your upper back and neck. This can lead to joint dysfunctions that can result in headaches.

Practicing good posture as you work or post funny cat memes on social media can have a real impact on your health by making headaches less frequent or eliminating any caused by poor posture entirely.

Increased Joint Health

Your joints do a lot for you each day but if you're not using them correctly, then they can become damaged. Slumping your shoulders forward as you sit at your desk can put stress and strain on the lower back and hips. This can lead to issues when you walk and lead to injuries and chronic pain over time. You can take the pressure off the joints and improve their health by practicing better posture.

Improved Digestion

Good posture has another benefit people may not consider -- better digestion! How you hold your body does have an influence on how well your digestive system works. When you compress your midsection by slumping your shoulders forward, then it makes it more challenging for your digestive system to do its job effectively. Increase the amount of space these organs have in your abdomen to do their job by practicing better posture.

Better Breathing

Another organ that will have an easier time doing its job with better posture is the digestive system. Your lungs will have more room to take in air and provide your cells with oxygen if you can stay relaxed with better posture. You'll breathe more deeply, too.

Increased Energy

When your body systems can work as they should due to better posture, you'll feel more energized throughout the day, too! With better energy through the day, you'll likely sleep better at night and feel better as you go about the everyday tasks. And look better while doing it.

Proper posture has many advantages to your health and wellness. If you need help understanding how to improve your posture, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. 

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

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