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The Benefits of Good Posture

By Sara Butler

Your posture can do a lot more for you than you may think. Sure, practicing proper posture helps to get your grandmother to stop imploring you to "sit up straight," but it also has some benefits to your health. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to know how practicing good posture can make a big difference in your life.

Fewer Tension Headaches

When you practice proper posture and keep from sitting in a forward head position, as many people tend to do when they look at their phones all day, then you reduce the stress and strain put on your neck. When that stress and strain are eliminated, then it can help to reduce the incidence of tension headaches.

Poor posture puts an undue burden on the muscles, discs, joints, and ligaments that support your head and neck. The strain can lead to headaches and also irritate the nerves in the spine and cause additional problems such as dizziness and eye strain. Sitting up straight can eliminate all that and help you to stay healthy.

Improved Joint Health

Practicing poor posture doesn't simply impact the health of the joints in your neck, but joints all over your body. The more often you practice poor posture, the more it can impact all of your joints. Doing something as seemingly simple as slumping your shoulders can cause your hips to tilt, placing strain on your lower back that trickles down to your knees and even your ankles.

If you can work on the alignment of your body through proper posture, then you can reduce stress and strain placed on all your joints, helping your joints to work as they should and work together.

Reduced Strain on Muscles

Your joints aren't the only part of your body that benefits from improved posture because your muscles benefit too. When you practice good posture, you're not overloading your muscles over and over. This provides an opportunity for your muscles to fire as intended when you move, sit, or stand, reducing the chance that you're placing too much strain on just a few overworked muscles.

Improved Digestion

It may seem strange to make a connection between your digestive system and your posture, but there is a link! When you're hunched over practicing poor posture, you're actually compressing the organs in your torso, making it more difficult for your digestive system to function as it should.

If you need tips to help with your posture, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today!

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

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