Proper posture yields health benefits that can last a lifetime. It is a health enhancer that costs nothing to develop and can be easily maintained. In addition to sparing you chronic pain, good posture can improve your mood, reduce anxiety, and project a more confident image.
You might think of posture as simply holding your head up straight and keeping shoulders up and back aligned when standing. But the position of your body when sitting or lying down is equally important.
Maintaining neutral spine can reduce the incidence of back pain by maintaining proper alignment of bones and joints. Stress on ligaments will be lessened. Injuries will be less likely. Good posture will prevent pain from overuse and muscle strain and minimize wear and tear on the joints.
The presence of rounded or hunched shoulders, jutting forward of the head, and rounding of the upper back or arching of the lower back are all indications of potential bad posture. Any of these positional signs accompanied by back pain are indications that a chiropractor might be needed to correct the problem and alleviate pain.
HOW CHIROPRACTORS HELP WITH POSTURE
The first step in improving posture is awareness of body position. Being mindful of keeping your head, neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, legs and feet as closely aligned as possible is a great start!
If you are bothered by back pain or joint discomfort or want to make sure your posture is correct to avert future problems, scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor may be a wise move.
One thing a chiropractor will advise you to do is to get moving. Keep your body active! Maintaining good posture requires strong muscles. Exercise is necessary to keep your muscles strong and supple.
If you have not been exercising regularly, you can begin slowly with some toe-touching exercises and sit-ups to increase the strength and flexibility of the muscles in the spinal area.
In exploring how chiropractors help with posture, you can ask a chiropractic doctor to show you pictures and diagrams of skeletal muscles and explain how their alignment therapy and follow-up adjustments can improve your posture.
Once a treatment program is underway, having stronger muscles as a result of regular exercise can make treatments more successful.
If you are not sure where to begin, ask your chiropractor to help you design an exercise routine that will enhance the chiropractic treatments and maximize body strength and alignment.
Check out our article here about how to strengthen your back.
Routine Body Carriage
In addition to a good exercise routine, your chiropractor will advise you to pay attention to how you stand, walk, sit and lie in bed. Trying to keep your shoulders up may be a habit you have developed, but be aware of time spent bending over your tablet, smartphone, or other electronic devices.
When using your computer, make sure your hands are positioned above the keyboard to promote good spinal alignment. Keep your feet flat on the floor, or use a footrest if necessary to avoid excess strain on the leg and spinal muscles.
See your chiropractor regularly for check-ups and needed adjustments to assure a strong, healthy spine for life!