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Working Towards Good Posture

By Stephen R. Farris

Maintaining good posture is something we hear about all the time. It's advertised on television, radio, internet and in magazine publications. The sad part of posture exposure is that most of the time we are reading, watching or listening to these advertisements practicing poor posture.

Good posture is essential for our bodies, helping us stay in alignment both inside and out. Poor posture can lead to problems with our back, legs and joints, not to mention the impact it can have internally with our organs.

If you find yourself out of alignment, head to your local chiropractor for a start on getting your posture where it needs to be, then follow their advice on exercise, nutrition and overall well-being so you can keep active and pain free.

So What's the Big Deal With Posture Anyway?

For starters, you don't want to be one of those 260-plus million people who lose time from work all because you choose not to practice good posture technique. Secondly, we want our muscles and joints to work efficiently to reduce fatigue, especially if your job or activity requires them to be used constantly throughout the day.

Can It be Changed?

Sure it can, unless there is an underlying health condition that is causing your poor posture. But on the plus side, you can do certain exercises to help correct and continue to maintain a healthy posture. You can also check with your chiropractor to hear what they have to say as well. They can offer suggestions on exercises you can start off with and if you are experiencing problems, they can exam you and advise chiropractic treatments that can help keep you upright and mobile.

Tipping the Scales in Your Favor

If your posture problems are not health related in regards to certain conditions, you can do a few simple things at home or work. For sitting, make sure the chair you are in has good back support. Sit with your feet on the floor and try not to cross your legs. Be relaxed and upright. Avoid slouching and remember, you don't want to sit for lengthy periods of time, like all day. Get up and move about. You local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can show you some of the proper posture techniques as well when you visit.

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

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