Making Posture Work With the Help of A Chiropractor
As we age there is a tendency for our bodies to bend forward. At first this is barely noticeable, but if it is not corrected it can continue and raise issues. The head and neck droop and the back bends forward. Over time posture, balance and the body’s organs are all impacted.
A friend of mine ran into this as she was working in a situation that required many hours of computer work with long detailed documents full of figures. The effort was demanding and the work was exact. She actually liked the job and did very well with the details of the work. But her body was actually reacting more and more to the demands of the job.
Like many people who bend over their screens today, she was unconsciously bending over her work. After awhile that posture can become a way of life. She really did not think about it, she just did it.She only ran into trouble when her doctor commented on her posture and discussed her work. He gave her posture exercises and suggested she see a chiropractor, which she did.
Visiting the chiropractor was the start of many changes
The chiropractor’s visit begins with a spinal evaluation and discussion of work and medical history. In my friend’s case this led to a series of discussions and exercises on posture.
After having someone take pictures of her on the job she began to see how the problem had developed. She also began to make progress correcting the situation with the help of her chiropractor.
Changing posture changed everything
She learned how to monitor her posture on the job and at home. She also started a Tai Chi class for balance and relaxation and began using posture exercises at her desk. She also completed a checkout of her work area, making sure she was using correct posture, looking straight ahead with the computer screen at eye level, and sitting straight with feet flat on the floor. At first it felt strange to her, but she gradually realized it was working as she felt a lot less tired at the end of the day.
If her doctor and her chiropractor had not gotten involved at that point my friend’s posture and misalignment of her body could have led progressed to lower back pain, sciatica and neck pain.
She said she was already having some neck pain, but did not realize what was happening.
If you know someone who slouches over their work, and obviously has posture problems, suggest they see their doctor and their chiropractor now. Good posture is basic to good health at any age, and can become critical to health when it is ignored.