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The Importance of Good Posture and Spinal Health

By Stepy Kamei

You've no doubt been told from an early age that maintaining good posture is important to do. However, do you know why this is the case -- especially when it comes to your health and well-being? It may seem surprising, but posture has to do with more than a person's manners. Everyone concerned with their health should know that the way you carry your body physically can have a major impact on your physical and mental sense of well-being. Studies are now showing a correlation between having poor posture and dealing with health problems such as weight gain, insomnia, and even depression. Chiropractors are well aware of the significance of this connection, which makes them a reliable authority on back and spinal health.

Posture and Your Health

Chiropractors and other health experts have found that people who have a tendency to slouch or slump while standing, sitting, or even walking also tend to experience many kinds of health conditions, which can be mild or even severe. Many concerns the average person deals with on a daily basis, such as headaches, muscle stiffness, and infections, may actually be indirectly impacted by your posture and the positioning of your spinal column.

The spine is important because it keeps the entire body in alignment and balance. It also houses the central nervous system, which facilitates proper communication between the body and the brain. Slouching and hunching over can degrade the health of the spine over time, causing added pressure and tension which can end up harming the central nervous system as a result. If this happens to the nervous system, other functions of the body may begin to have trouble working correctly, leading to inflammation, digestive issues, and more. 

How To Keep Good Posture All Day

If you want to avoid these health problems, you'll want to focus on maintaining proper posture as often as you can. It may only take you making an effort to simply remind yourself throughout the day to keep your shoulders rolled back, your head held high, and your spine as straight as it can be. Many chiropractors recommend their patients set alarms to remind them to do a body scan every few hours or so to correct any poor posturing.

You can always consult with a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic for further advice. Over time, you may notice an improvement in your overall health.

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