Chiropractic Tips to Make Good Posture Work for You
As we move through our daily tasks at home, at work, on the go, most of us try to remember not to slump and to stand up straight. We always look better when we do, and often we are more comfortable.
But the posture story is a whole lot bigger than that.
The American Chiropractic Association tell us correct posture helps us stand, walk, sit and lie down placing the least strain on the body’s supporting muscles and ligaments.
When we practice good posture our bones and joints are in correct alignment, decreasing the wear and tear on joint surfaces that can lead to degenerative arthritis. Correct posture also reduces the stress on ligaments that hold the spinal joints together, reducing the risk of injury. It permits muscles to work more efficiently, taking less energy and avoiding muscle fatigue. Good posture also helps prevent muscle strain and overuse.
Checkpoints to Consider
Stress, overweight, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes can all influence posture and lead to more problems.
If you think you could use a little help with your posture, or you are experiencing back pain, see your doctor and your chiropractor now.
Visiting the Chiropractor
The chiropractor’s visit begins with a spinal evaluation and discussion of work and medical history. This may lead to a series of treatments and exercises on posture.
As the review continues with an awareness of the need for better posture 24-7, along with better balance and relaxation, a program can evolve to get everything back in line.
The chiropractor’s goal is to help to seek pain relief and maintain normal activities without medications or surgery.
This could mean learning how to work on a screen, keeping it at eye level and sitting up straight with feet on the floor. To many this feels totally odd and light years away from the comfortable flopped out, slouched screen position usually used. It can also mean assessing sleeping conditions and making sure mattresses are firm and even. As treatment progresses and back pain disappears the whole approach makes more sense. The chiropractor will monitor progress and be watching for improvements.
If you or your family members are guilty of slouching and slumping, and beginning to feel the effects, make an appointment now with your chiropractor. The earlier steps are taken the less chance of getting into chronic pain conditions long range.