How often do you think about your posture? Do you catch yourself slouching and immediately try to fix it to only return to slouching five minutes later? Maintaining good posture can be difficult, especially if the majority of your day is spent sitting in front of a screen. We do not consciously maintain our posture; instead, certain muscles do it for us. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining our posture.
A healthy posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Having the correct posture may also:
- Help keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly
- Reduce the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
- Enable muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
- Help prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain. (1)
We all know maintaining good posture is good for our overall well-being, but it can still be hard to achieve. Below are a few chiropractic tips to help you get to a better posture.
Stretching is fundamental. It keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. It helps to relieve pain and tension all along your spine, neck, and shoulders. Its relaxing effect on your body also helps to loosen up tight lower back muscles, promoting flexibility and blood circulation along the spine.
The first step to improving posture is becoming aware of how you stand, move, walk and sit. Pay attention to your spine and neck during the day. Consider keeping track of how often you slouch or crane the neck. When you feel your spine start to curve, your shoulders hunch, or your back sway, stop and take a moment to pull your body back into proper alignment.
See a Chiropractor
Chiropractors can recommend specific exercises designed to help the posture and strengthen the core. Chiropractors can also do spinal adjustments and other treatments that can help you focus on improving the posture. In addition, they can make suggestions about improving the ergonomics of your home or office.
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