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How Your Posture Can Impact Your Health

By Sara Butler

The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are focused on helping their patients live active, happy, and healthy lives. Part of fulfilling that promise is to help people understand how their everyday activities can have a big impact on their health and wellness -- especially things that you may take for granted such as your posture.

Yes, your mom was right all those years ago when she told you to stand up straight. In fact, you may want to put Mom's advice into action now so that you can avoid negative effects on your health due to poor posture. Here are just a few ways your posture can impact your health.

It Can Make Arthritis Worse

As you get older, so do your joints. The weight-bearing joints in your body such as your hips, knees, and ankles can start to become stiff and painful as you age. If you don't pay attention to your posture, then the joint dysfunctions and restrictions that can result can make things worse as it puts unnatural pressure on part of the joint and leads to more pain.

It Can Make You Tired

Fatigue is not something most people associate with poor posture, but it should be! That's because when you practice poor posture, it can zap your energy level as your body attempts to compensate for bearing weight in ways it wasn't made to. This can put a lot of stress and strain on your ligaments, joints, and bones, even changing the way your muscles work in the process. The more efficient you can be in the way you hold yourself and move, the more your energy levels will improve.

It Can Cause Jaw Pain

If you sometimes have pain in your jaw or suspect that you may suffer from a condition called temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ, then it might be due to your poor posture. This is due to the fact that when you practice poor posture it impacts your bite, which then can impact the joint in your jaw. If you have forward head posture, hunch your shoulders, or slouch, then it can disturb the delicate balance between the joints and cause issues. If your jaw tends to crack, pop, spasm, or cramp and you sometimes have difficulty chewing, then the problem might be originating somewhere else, so make sure to talk to your chiropractor about it.

Pain isn't a normal state of being. If you're experiencing joint pain, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic about it 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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