Good posture is more than just appearance. It’s a question of health and functionality.
Correct alignment improves mechanical motion and reduces stress on parts of your body prone to injury. Not giving the appropriate attention to how you carry your body can put pressure on your muscles, ligaments, and joints, leading to pain and fatigue.
One way to gauge your posture is to stand in front of a mirror and assume “good” posture by aligning your head, torso, and legs in a straight line, and holding your chest high and forward while keeping your abdomen flat. If you’re able to do this without thinking, you don’t have a problem. If you’re struggling or can’t seem to hold it for very long, something may be off.
Poor posture is often a learned habit. Take a look at most babies sitting or standing and you see pretty great alignment. But move up to toddlers and teenagers and you often see a slouch beginning to take shape. While this may seem pessimistic, it’s a sign that posture is malleable, a treatable ailment.
But for many people it’s not reducible to a string of bad decisions growing up. Poor posture can come from conditions like pelvis unleveling, scoliosis, damage to the neck and back, and kyphosis—it can be a matter of chronic pain. However, all hope is not lost.
Regardless of how you’ve inherited your posture, chiropractic care plays a big role in improving how you position your body. There are a variety of treatments and exercises for rehabilitation. Typically, a chiropractor will address your lifestyle as a whole, tackling sleep positions, diet, work area adjustments, and exercise habits.
In addition to our pain elimination therapy, ARPwave, we specialize in a variety of posture related ailments here at our clinic. Everything from back and neck pain to sciatica nerve pain. Our goal is to individualize your struggle by fostering the necessary therapy to alleviate discomfort and treat health problems. You can read more about our practice on our Chiropractic Services page.
Don’t postpone the treatment you need. As you know, posture impacts our quality of life dramatically. Helping your body’s day to day operations will improve your health as well as overall happiness.