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How Do You Know If You Have Bad Posture?

By Sara Butler

You can’t keep track of your posture all day, every day. Still, how often do you catch yourself working at your desk and realize you’re all hunched over, looking at your computer screen? Are you doing it right now? Well, if you’re wondering how you may be able to tell if your posture isn’t exactly what it should be most of the time, there are some very distinct signs you can look for. Here are just a few!

What You Can See

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, visible signs of poor posture include:

  • Tilting forward of the head
  • Rounding of the upper back
  • Arching of the lower back

The reason why these are seen as visible signs of poor posture is because they are an exaggeration of the natural curves of your spine. It is possible to overcorrect your posture, which is also considered a no-no. The signs of overcorrection include:

  • Holding your head behind your body’s center of gravity
  • Pulling your shoulder blades back
  • Arching of your lower back
  • Locking your knees

Some other things you can look for to see if your posture isn’t correct include:

  • Stronger wear on the sole of one shoe than the other
  • Your head tilts to one side
  • Your upper body tilts when sitting

These are some of the signs that indicate your body may be overcompensating for improper posture.

What You Can Feel

If you make bad posture a habit, you will eventually start to feel it. Slumping while you sit or sleeping on your stomach puts pressure on your back, neck and shoulders in the long term, which will eventually result in pain. You may also start to notice pain in your neck, ankles, knees and hips – and muscle strains and muscle spasms can become a more frequent problem for you too.

What Else?

When you see your chiropractor for an evaluation they may be able to find some physical causes behind your poor posture. You may have one leg slightly shorter than the other or your feet may turn outward or inward. This changes the alignment of your entire body and can be the reason you’re overcompensating with your posture.

If you have aches and pains you think may be related to your posture, you need to be sure to make your chiropractor aware of them so they can evaluate you and try to pinpoint the problem. If you need some tips to help with your posture, make sure to talk to your chiropractor about it during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic!

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