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Use Yoga and Chiropractic To Improve Your Posture

You probably have already known for a while now that yoga is great for improving many aspects of your health, but did you know that yoga can also be incredibly beneficial for improving your spinal column and back health as well? This is because there are more than a few great yoga poses that can work to help greatly improve a person's posture.

When you take in to consideration the fact that we live in a world that is overrun with technology, and we constantly have our backs hunched over computer screens, the importance of proper posture and back health really just can't be underestimated. In fact, poor posture is one of the top reasons why people end up complaining about back pain and stiffness in their muscles. According to an informative article by Care 2, here are some of the best yoga poses to try in order to improve overall everyday posture.

First up is the Crescent pose, which is also known by many yoga practitioners as the Flying Monkey pose. To begin this pose, start like you are about to lunge into a run, with one foot flat on the ground facing forward, while the other foot is on the ball of the foot. Raise both of your arms up to the ceiling as far as they can reach. From here, slowly lower your back knee until it gently taps the floor. Raise yourself slowly back up, and repeat four more times. Switch sides to do five more reps. You will feel your back elongating upwards during this pose.

Another great pose is the Side Arm Balance pose. This will serve to stabilize shoulder movement while strengthening the muscles that support your neck and back. Start in a plank position and roll onto the outside position using your right foot. Be sure to shift your weight onto your right arm as you do this roll motion. Flex both of your feet and keep them in that flexed position as you place your left foot on top of the right foot. Your legs should remain straight. Raise your left arm to the ceiling and let your gaze follow. Take five deep breaths while holding this position. Finally, roll back to the starting pose before repeating on the other side. You can repeat these poses as many times as you feel comfortable and able to do. 

If you want more suggestions on how to improve your posture, you may want to start seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis as well. Chiropractic care can help improve your quality of life in a holistic manner.

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of Sarah Siblik

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