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The Easiest Way to Misalign Your Spine (Not Advised)

By Stepy Kamei

Were you ever told to sit up straight by the adults in your life when you were growing up? You may have rolled your eyes at them (I know I did), but they really were just looking out for your good health. As it turns out, good posture is about more than merely expressing good manners. If your posture is less than good, it could be doing much more damage to your overall health than you may even realize. Recent scientifics studies have started to show that people with poor posture are much more likely to have a variety of other health issues. These can vary from back pain and joint stiffness to even experiencing symptoms of mental health disorders such as clinical depression and anxiety disorders. If you thought poor posture was nothing to worry about, you'll want to think again, for the sake of your overall health.

How Poor Posture Affects Your Health

I've got another question for you: Have you ever suffered from conditions such as headaches, muscle cramps, digestive issues, or numbness in the hands or feet without any reliable explanation? Well, you guessed it, your poor posture may be to blame. When we slump in our chairs or hunch forward while standing and walking, we are placing our bodies out of alignment and out of balance. This unnatural positioning causes tension on our spinal columns, as they are forced to work harder to keep the body aligned and in balance while dealing with poor posture. Over time, this tension may lead to chronic back pain and general discomfort throughout the body, which will only become harder to get rid of the longer the problem remains unaddressed. 

Work on Improving Your Posture

One of the best things you can do for initial relief from back pain is to start utilizing chiropractic sessions on a regular basis. Chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic clinics will be able to adjust the spine in a way which can provide relief from pain and tension, and can also correct any damage brought onto the body as a result of poor posture. 

In terms of your everyday routine, be sure to work on your posture. Try to be mindful of the placement of your shoulders and neck by doing a scan of your body every few hours to notice wherever there may be stiffness. Remember to roll your shoulders back and keep your back as straight as possible for the best posture you can maintain. Exercising on a regular basis can also condition the muscles in your back and core area, which will make it much easier to maintain proper posture. 

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