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3 Tips to Perfecting Your Posture

By Virginia Laird

Very few people in this world have perfect posture. Although it may be uncommon to find, it is highly important to practice. Perfecting your posture can help to improve your health. Because your spinal health can affect your overall health, keeping it in top shape can help to improve one’s overall health. Chiropractors often recommend the following to help with one’s posture:

  • Stretches that focus on the spine  
  • Exercises that are easy on the back
  • Carrying light weight (or smaller purses)
  • Yoga

Other tips chiropractors recommend include:

  • Don’t cross your legs
  • Control your core
  • Don’t slouch

Uncross Your Legs When Sitting

Because so many people sit with their legs crossed, it gives the impression it's an inherently natural way of sitting. It's not. Sitting cross-legged places unnecessary pressure -- stress and strain -- on the spine. Chiropractors recommend that people sit with both feet flat on the ground; you'll be able to sit up straight and not place any unnecessary strain on the spine -- which has the important job of protecting the spinal cord, which controls the nervous system, which controls every thing you do, whether it's breathing, blinking, or uncrossing your legs.

Control Your Core

It's important to keep ab and back muscles strong because it helps help keep the body in balance, which helps protect the spine from unnecessary movement.

Don’t Slouch

One of the most important things you can do, according to chiropractors, is sit with your head held directly over your shoulders. It will reduce the strain on the upper spine and allow you to sit up straight. Although many prefer to slouch -- after all, it doesn't take any work or effort to slouch -- it is one of the worst things you can actually do to your back. Once your back hurts, it's really going to affect your comfort, so that's why it's important to perfect your posture. Keep both feet on the ground. Wear comfortable shoes. Don't carry heavy bags. It all helps.

To get started perfecting your posture, stop by The Joint Chiropractic in your local community. No appointment is necessary, which allows your care to begin whenever you deem it time. Perfecting your posture can have a lasting effect on your health for years to come. 

Your back plays such an important role in how you feel. Do everything you can to prevent it from hurting. Chiropractic care is really important in ensuring the spine is always healthy and working optimally, and that's inherently going to improve the quality of your life -- because you won't like the alternative.  

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic in Lexington, S.C.

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