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Chiropractic Tips for Correct Posture

By Brandi Goodman 

May is Correct Posture Month. Now's the time to start learning just how you can do so correctly. Some chiropractic tips -- and care -- will be needed for a truly accurate posture that keeps your spine in place and your aches to a minimum.

Avoid Stomach Sleeping

The way you sleep has more of an impact on your posture than you might realize. Those who sleep on their stomachs are harming their spines. You're not maintaining your neutral spine position while sleeping like this. You're most likely waking with significant back pain and maintaining poor posture throughout the day because of it. You need to avoid stomach sleeping and instead sleep on your back or side.

Shift Your Weight While Standing

If you have to stand for long intervals, it's best to shift your weight periodically. You may find yourself slouching if you aren't doing so. It's easy to stand to one side where it may feel comfortable for a while, but you'll eventually develop an ache. You need to move your weight from one foot to the other or from your toes to your heels to help keep yourself stable.

Adjust Your Chair

Sitting for hours can also cause problems for your spine. If you must sit, you need to be sure you adjust your chair to the correct position. Your feet should be planted firmly on the floor and not left to dangle. It's also important that you don't cross your legs, which can cut off circulation and blood flow.

Perform Core and Back-Strengthening Exercises

You need a strong back and core if you hope to truly have proper posture. Weak muscles do not allow you to sit or stand as tall as you need. Perform some core-strengthening and back-strengthening exercises to improve these areas and get your posture up to par. A bridge is a great exercise to start with. Lay on your back with your knees bent and your arms at your side. Simply raise your hips and hold the position for a few seconds before lowering your body back down. Repeat this several times.

With these tips in mind, you should be better able to maintain a correct posture. This will help you to keep backaches to a minimum and have less tension in your shoulders. For additional tips or an adjustment, visit The Joint Chiropractic during their open hours, seven days a week.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.

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