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Proper Posture is Essential For Good Health

By Stephen R. Farris

Let's face it. Almost all of us sit down to do some type of work, play, or operate a motor vehicle. Not all seats are the same. We may have to settle for what the office, company, or corporation invested in for employees to sit on to do their work. Often times, the chairs or whatever the seating arrangement, was probably purchased a decade or two ago.

On top of that, the choice to buy top of the line or cheap seating probably leaned toward the latter of the two. After just a few years of use, most often the seating breaks down to the point that we are unable to maintain a good, balanced posture. So we end up adjusting the best we can. Unfortunately, this can lead to problems with our back, legs, neck and muscles.

Bad posture can lead to all sorts of health problems and when our bodies get out of alignment, the result could put us out of commission for lengthy periods of time, or slow down our production significantly. However, there are ways to help correct poor posture.

Firm Planting While Seated

If your work environment requires a lot of sitting, make sure you keep your feet on the floor at your desk or table. If that's not possible, find something like a foot board or rest that you can place your feet on.

Stand Tall and Stand Proud

How many of you who played sports growing up ever heard the coach say, "chest out, stomach in, shoulders back"? Evidently, they were pretty much on target when it came to maintaining a good posture. Keeping a straight head, even with your shoulders, and putting more of your weight on the balls of your feet can be added to what coach said, too.

Good Posture While Sleeping

To start, make sure you have a good mattress, whether firm, soft or medium. Not everyone's body type is the same, so find something that makes you comfortable. Grab a couple of pillows, one for your head and another to use between the knees to help lessen any pressure to the back.

These are just a few ways that can help give you better posture and help with maintaining it. Remember, good posture is something we all need to work on in order to keep up a healthy and fit lifestyle.

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

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