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How Stress Can Impact Your Posture

By Sara Butler

You may think that chiropractors don't know very much about stress, but they do! That's because stress can have a huge impact on the function of your body and impede its ability to function properly. In fact, the amount of stress your body is under can have an impact on something that chiropractors know a lot about -- your posture. Chiropractors know how important posture is in order to keep your joints, bones, and muscles in alignment as you move. Here's what you need to know about the impact of stress on your posture and how the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help you improve your posture and deal with stress the process.

Posture Habits

Staying in the same posture or doing repetitive movements throughout the day can create poor posture habits. Probably one area where this impacts people the most is through the use of computers and handheld electronics. Simply think of how much time you spend in one position when you're really focused on something. When you do this, it puts the muscles in your back and stomach in a constant game of tug-of-war, creating tension that can lead to a change in posture that ends up affecting the entire body.

What's Stress Got to Do with It?

Think about the way you hold your body when you're under a lot of stress. Your body language when stressed tends to be tense with your shoulders rounded. When you're relaxed, your posture also reflects that by being more relaxed.

Research has found that the negative body language associated with stress has a real impact on your posture and the health of your muscles that help support proper posture. When you're under a lot of stress your body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol creates muscle tension and also prevents your muscles from repairing by depriving them of the protein they need to do so. So you're creating more posture problems by being stressed because it's preventing your body from healing -- causing you to carry the stress from one day to the net.

What You Can Do

The first step to helping solve your posture problems as well as your muscle tension issues are to see a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic for an evaluation. Once they assess any joint dysfunctions or restrictions you may be suffering from, they can work with you to create a treatment plan to help address these problems as well as address larger issues with your posture.

You can also help your posture by:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Working on good workspace ergonomics
  • Keeping your screens at eye level

If you're concerned about your stress level and want to know how chiropractic care can help you, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

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

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