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The Importance of Good Posture

Most Americans have back pain, and when I say most, I mean it. It turns out that 8 out of 10 people claim to have an aching back, according to the National Institute of Health. Many of these people will go to their doctor, where they will have pain medications prescribed to manage the pain.

However, this is only a temporary fix. Medicines may help in the moment, but if you want to treat the root of the problem, then you are going to have to do more. The good news is that the source of the pain may be an easier fix than you may think. Poor posture is one of the leading causes of back pain and more often than not that can be fixed through natural methods. 

Although it may seem like a non-issue, having good posture can have a dramatic affect on your pain level. Improving the way you hold yourself can have positive effects  on your lower and upper back ache, headaches, bowel movements and tingling and numbness in your hands and feet. However, good posture can actually be harder to a acquire than it may seem. Sitting and standing up straight may sometimes be occurring due to spinal problems that are hindering the ability to have good posture. If this is the case, it is necessary to take measures to correct those issues outside of just trying to straighten up. 

Chiropractic treatments may be able to jump start your ability to attain good posture. If you spine is out of alignment, then not only could this cause pain, but it could cause your back to curve. Upon visiting your chiropractor, he or she will be able to make an accurate diagnosis concerning whether your spine has subluxations or not.

Subluxations are a term chiropractors use to label dysfunctions in the spine. These subluxations cause blockages that effect the entire body, including pain and posture. Subluxations can be corrected through chiropractic manipulations. Once these are corrected, then it may be easier to achieve proper posture. 

Once it is possible to physically stand with good posture, then it is important to know how to keep it. Keeping your center of gravity over your hips will help properly support your spine, enabling good, pain-free posture. Stand with with your pelvic muscles tilted slightly inward, tucking your glutes under, in order achieve this. Keeping your ab muscles tightened at all times will contribute to your good posture. This added pressure to your lower back will help keep your spine straight, which in turn will help build your strength and alleviate your pain in the long term. 

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