What's Your Posture Doing When You're Not Looking?
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us want to believe we stand up straight most of the time. I automatically straighten up when the word posture is mentioned. But a quick look, or actual picture, might catch us bending forward from the waist, hunched over screens, or slouched on the couch.
Unfortunately, bad posture can write its own painful story. Bending forward from the waist in front of a computer, or over tablets and phones, for long periods of time, can create back pain. Too much weight, stress, pregnancy, tight muscles, lumpy mattresses, or high heels can trigger back pain, too.
With a little effort, good posture can become automatic, helping you look better and feel better. If you are having painful twinges, or just want to straighten up before pain does set in, your chiropractor can help.
Reversing the Process
Stop in at the Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out how to avoid or reverse the process. The Joint’s licensed chiropractors will help you assess your posture and learn what to do next.
If you are having pain, a gentle spinal adjustment may correct dysfunctions and provide pain relief, along with an overall sense of well-being. Other benefits such as fresh energy, improved digestion, more alertness, and better sleep may also be noted.
As you assess the results, you may choose weekly 15-minute adjustments to stay at your peak. Your chiropractor can help you with core posture and stretching exercises, and help you evaluate your workplace.
Becoming aware of your own posture can help you improve while you are sitting, standing or lying down. The American Chiropractic Association suggests these guidelines.
- Keep knees slightly bent, weight on balls of feet
- Head should be level with ears in line with shoulders
- Avoid pushing the head forward
- Keep feet flat on the floor
- Leave a small gap between the back of knees and seat
- Keep knees at or below hip level
- Choose a chair with good back support
- Choose a semi-firm mattress. Pillows should allow the head to sink into the pillow
- Sleep on your side or back instead of stomach
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is ready when you are with affordable healthcare plans, flexible weekend and evening hours. Walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.