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Good Posture Makes Great Overall Health Sense

By Stephen R. Farris

Correct posture affects more parts of the body than most of us realize. It's not just to ensure we are sitting, standing, or lying down properly, but it also affects the way we twist, walk, lift, throw, and bend if our bodies are not in proper alignment from practicing good posture.

When our posture causes our bodies to be out of alignment, it can affect our muscles, joints, causing undue stress and pain, and in some cases -- if poor posture persists -- permanent injury.

Doctors and chiropractors can't stress the importance of practicing good posture enough to their patients. The health benefits of practicing good posture are:

  • Keeps our bones and joints in proper alignment so our muscles are correctly used
  • Less stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, reducing risk of injury
  • Let's our muscles work more efficiently, reducing muscle fatigue and the risk of injury
  • Reduces strain on our muscles, and lessens the chance of getting back and muscle pain

Good posture can be practiced on a daily basis, whether you stand or sit at work or play, so here's a few tips to follow:

  • Keep your feet on the floor, or use a footrest if you can't touch the floor
  • Try not to cross your legs. Ankles should be in front of knees
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time
  • When standing, keep your knees slightly bent
  • Stand up straight, stomach in, shoulders back, and head level
  • Shift your weight from toe to heel and vise-versa when standing for long periods

When it comes to good posture, you should talk to your local chiropractor, such as the ones that can be found at The Joint Chiropractic. Their staff of licensed, doctors of chiropractic can answer any questions you might have concerning proper posture, and ways that you can improve it. 

They can also help when you start to feel pain in your back, neck, and joints without the use of over-the-counter or prescription meditation, by providing a gentle, hands-on, all-natural, noninvasive, and non-addictive form of chiropractic therapy. No appointment is necessary to see a chiropractor at The Joint, and you don't need to worry about hassling with your insurance company, as they have several treatment options to choose from that won't break the bank. 

So what are you waiting for? Visit The Joint Chiropractic today to learn more about good posture, and get the relief you need from pain when it gets you down.  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Edmond, Okla. 

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