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Good Posture is Vital for Good Spinal Health

By Debra Rodzinak

Good posture is necessary if one wants good health.  Those who have poor posture are often recognized by their slumped shoulders or curved spine.  Years of bad habits can have a negative effect on the body and overall health of a person.

The position we maintain while standing, sitting, and lying down is called our posture.  When the body is supported by the correct amount of muscle tension and proper alignment, good posture is obtained.  When the muscles are weak or the body is out of alignment, the body experiences poor posture.

The muscles keep our bodies in correct posture without us even thinking about it.  The large group of muscles on the back are critical in maintaining good posture.  Balance is also achieved with these muscles.

The Importance of Good Posture

Good posture is important because it affects the way we walk, sit, stand, and lie down.  Correct posture is so important because:

  • It helps our joints and bones stay in proper alignment which decreases the wear and tear on our joints
  • It reduces the stress on the ligaments that hold the spine together which minimizes the chance of injury
  • It allows a more efficient use of the muscles, which cuts down on muscle fatigue
  • It prevents overuse, back pain, and muscle strain

Being flexible and strong helps to maintain good posture.  Since the spine turns in all different directions, the muscles that surround the spine need to be flexible and strong as well.  Injury happens when these muscles are overstretched or weak.

Injury and Poor Posture

There are several factors that can contribute to poor posture:

  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Weak back muscles
  • Excessively tight back muscles
  • Improper footwear, like high heels
  • Poor working environment
  • Unhealthy standing and sitting habits

Correcting Poor Posture

Issues from poor posture can be addressed, but if the poor posture has been years in the making, the remedy will not fix poor posture overnight.  It will take practice and therapy, like chiropractic, in order to reverse the damage done over time.  The body will have to relearn how to stand, sit, and lie down properly.  This begins with a properly aligned spine.

If you are interested in correcting your poor posture or want to begin with a properly aligned spine, come by The Joint where one of our highly qualified chiropractors can work with you to create a plan that puts you in control of your chiropractic experience.  Drop by The Joint today and begin your path to wellness and proper posture.

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