Why Proper Posture is Important
By Sara Butler
As you’ve probably guessed by now, your chiropractor is pretty passionate about posture. But this isn’t just because they enjoy channeling your grandmother and lecturing you on the finer points of proper posture! There are some very practical reasons why everyone should be a fan of proper posture. Here are a few reasons why proper posture should be as important to you as it is to your chiropractor.
Less Back Pain
The modern world seems to promote comfort, with all its plush chairs and high-tech space bedding. But the truth is modern technology promotes bad posture. That’s why so many people suffer from back pain today. Sitting hunched over your computer or smartphone for hours on end is not good for your entire body. The key to changing all of that? Good posture!
Holding yourself in a strong and proper posture isn’t just cosmetic, it’s mental too. Many studies have found that people who practice good posture are more confident in themselves and project more confidence to others. You’ll feel good about yourself and probably be more assertive and confident in your everyday life if you stand with proper posture. The proof is in the posture pudding, so give it a try and see how it skyrockets your confidence!
When your chiropractor tells you that proper posture will help you breathe easier they mean that – quite literally. When you stand and sit properly, you are helping to open up your airway and giving your lungs more room to expand. This has a domino effect on the rest of your body, helping to calm your nervous system to help you feel less anxious and less stressed. This can lead to improved sleep and a better mood, too – all from standing tall!
You’ll Reap Long-Term Benefits
When you sit in a slouched or hunched over position all day it puts an immense amount of stress and strain on your back. Over time this causes back pain you want to avoid, and it also can accelerate the aging of your back. As you age, the discs between the bones in your spine break down as a natural part of the aging process. When you practice poor posture it makes this process go faster and can ultimately lead to much bigger back problems than just a few aches, pains or muscle imbalances.
If you need help straightening out your posture, you should discuss it with your chiropractor during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic!