It turns out mom was right when she told us to sit up straight. There are thousands of studies documenting the importance of good posture and the pain and other diseases that can develop from poor posture. If you build a better, stronger posture, you can experience less pain, feel better about yourself, and even live longer!
Did you know many ailments you may be suffering from can occur from poor posture? According to the American Journal of Pain Management, “Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.”
Good Posture = A Healthy Posture
Poor Posture = Sick Posture
Many people have poor posture and don’t even know it. Poor posture has been associated with:
Upper Back and Shoulder Pain
Low Back Pain
Fatigue (low energy)
Immune System Dysfunction
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Hip, Knee and Foot Conditions
Poor Quality of Health and Life
Stressed Posture = Stressed Body
A study even found people with poor posture are not as happy and do not feel as good about themselves compared to people with good posture. People with poor posture scored lower in regards to their overall health, satisfaction with their relationships with other people, satisfaction with their economic (financial) condition, and their satisfaction with their present life.
So, what can you do to have better posture and have a better feeling about your body, health and life?
Be More Aware of Your Posture. Avoid slumped or slouching postures when sitting or working on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Avoid distorted postures at work and when sleeping.
Avoid Sitting Too Long. Prolonged sitting is not good for your posture and may even shorten your lifespan.
Replace Your Shoes, Mattress, Pillow, Couch and Chairs. The support these items provide when you are standing, sitting and lying down are vital for excellent posture. When they wear out and break down, they begin to break you down. Replacement of these items vary depending on construction, materials and use. Here are general guidelines on how often to replace them:
Shoes – Once a year
Mattresses – 10 years
Pillow – 2 years
Couches and Chairs – 5-10 years
Get Your Posture Checked After Traumas and Injuries. Sudden impact to your body usually causes your posture and spine to shift out of place resulting in poor posture. Sitting, sleeping or working in a bad posture can also cause your posture to gradually shift out of place. Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper posture and spinal alignment for life-long health.
Get Your Posture Checked on a Regular Basis. You will likely develop poor posture after a period of time and not even know it. Pain is an obvious sign that you do! A chiropractic checkup will let you know if your posture is in excellent condition or if you need an adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments along with posture strengthening exercises can give you a new, stronger posture you can be proud of. Check with us to find out how often you need to be checked and adjusted to keep a healthy posture. For most people it is once a month.
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