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Easy Ways To Check Your Posture

One of the biggest and most crucial contributing factors to maintaining the health of your spinal column is your posture. Poor posture isn't just something that your grandma aimlessly wanted you to correct; poor posture can lead to poor health all throughout the body.

When your body is not aligned properly, your mood may dip, your stress may increase, and you may even start to experience chronic back aches, pains, and stiffness. This is why it is so crucial for you to keep tabs on the way you carry your body. After learning about some simple ways to check my posture from an article by Save Our Bones, I am happy to share these tips with you so we can all move forward in life with our best physical selves. The best part about these easy tips is that they hardly take any time at all, and they can be performed virtually anywhere, yet they are extremely effective when it comes to having lasting positive effects on your overall health. 

The first thing you can do is to check your hands. Yes, really. Check the way your hands rest naturally when you stand. In particular, notice the way your palms face in relation to your body. Are your palms hanging parallel to your sides, or are they curved inward so that they face your thighs? If one or both of your palms is facing from the front to your thighs, this is a sign that your posture could use some improvement. This tends to mean that you are slumping or slouching forward. This is often the result of spending large amounts of time hunched over a computer or laptop screen. Regardless of the reason though, slouching should be corrected as soon as possible in order to prevent unnecessary strain and pressure from hurting your back and spinal column.

Another very easy and simple posture check you can try virtually anywhere is known as the wall test. Stand with your back facing a solid wall, and place your back against the surface of the wall. From here, there are a few ways to assess your posture. First, check to see what parts of your body are touching the wall without any effort on your part. Your feet, hips, shoulder blades, and the back of your head should all be resting against the wall if you have proper posture.You can also check by raising your arms out to your shoulders and bending your elbows. From here, turn your arms upwards and attempt to touch the wall with the back of your wrists. If you have difficulty doing this, your posture may need some work. Meet with a doctor of chiropractic today, no appointment necessary, at your nearest The Joint clinic to get you on the path to improved spinal health.

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of Florent Chretien

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