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The Short And Long Term Effects Of Poor Posture

Posture: you know it is important to get it right, yet just hearing or reading the very word takes you back to your younger years, when a family member or maybe even a teacher would command you to sit up straight and have better posture. Well, as annoying as this may have been, it turns out that you really should be thanking those people for encouraging you to have a healthy posture early in life, especially if you find yourself being unable to relate to friends and family members whenever they complain about back or neck pain.

That is because a person's posture actually plays quite a significant role in their overall health and wellness, but in particular, one of the top causes of pain and discomfort in the back and neck areas of the body is due directly to having a poor posture.

I recently came across an informative and engaging article post by Spine Health that revealed some of both the short term as well as the more long term negative effects on the body that come about as a result of having poor posture, and not doing anything to correct it at all. I would be glad to share what I learned about this important, yet not often talked about, health issue, since it really pertains to so many of us. Even if you think you have great posture, you may want to keep reading just to make sure that you are making your posture, and therefore the health of your spine, a priority when it comes toyour overall health and wellness.

If you occasionally find yourself slumping in your seat or hunched over while standing in line at the grocery store, you more than likely won't feel any immediate effects of this posture. However, as soon as these positions start to become habitual and familiar to the body, the short term consequences of poor posture can begin to set in. This is when many people may tend to start experiencing back pain, headaches, and soreness and stiffness in the neck. In the short term, these issues can easily be resolved with time and maybe an ibuprofen, which may lead to the false conclusion that nothing else needs to be changed or taken care of.

However, poor posture that is continuous can begin to degrade the spinal discs, which can lead to inflammation in the surrounding soft tissues. This can lead to more severe and chronic pain that is harder to treat. Fortunately, chiropractic care can be utilized for better back and spinal health regardless of your stage of life. Getting regular spinal adjustments can help you live a healthier lifestyle overall.

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