Straighten Up and Fly Faster With Chiropractic
By Sandy Schroeder
Where do you stand or slump when it comes to posture? Most of us spend way too much time hunched over our phones, laptops or work at our desks. We also spend entirely too much time sitting. Many of us sit as much as 15 hours a day at work, at home and in the car or on a plane. So what can we do?
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you and Harvard Health may have some really good answers that start with a look at posture. Posture is the way you hold your body as you sit, stand, lift, bend, pull or reach. If the posture is good, the bones of the spine, the vertebrae, are correctly aligned. If they are out of alignment, you and your health will pay the price over time.
See Your Chiropractor to See Where You Are
When you come in, your chiropractor will assess your posture and overall spinal health. The spine allows you to do everything that you do all day long. The central nervous system housed inside controls our brain-to-body communication. When the spine is healthy you may be too.
A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may ease aches and pain and establish the base to maintain good posture. As you work on how you sit and stand, you may use weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to stay at your peak and continue to improve your posture with steps like these from Harvard Health.
Picture what you are doing - Imagine a straight line going from the ceiling down through your whole body involving your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Imagine a string at the top of your head pulling you up while you keep your pelvis level. Stretch the area between your rib cage and pelvis.
Practice with posture exercises - Stay aware of your posture as you stand, sit and move.
Stretch Your Upper Body
- Stand facing corner with arms up, hands flat against the wall, elbows at shoulder level
- Put one foot in front of the other
- Bend the front knee, breathe out and lean into the corner.
- Keep the head up and the back straight
- Hold 20 to 30 seconds to feel a chest stretch
Sitting Shoulder Blade Squeeze
- Sit up straight in chair with hands on thighs
- Keep chin level, shoulders down
- Draw shoulders back and squeeze blades together
- Hold for five seconds and repeat 3-4 times
When you are ready to move ahead with great posture, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Clinics are open weekends and evenings and walk-ins are welcome. Affordable personal healthcare plans and packages eliminate the hassle of insurance.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in.Lexington, S.C.