How important is good posture? Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, or getting a good night’s sleep. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue.
Good posture means your body is properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system and supporting musculature.
Don’t believe us? Try this.
- Let your shoulders and upper back slump forward, as many due while on the computer, sitting in a classroom, or watching TV.
- Take a deep breath in. Do you feel how restricted your lungs and breath feel?
- Often people even feel a sharp pain in their chest or back. This chronic position especially for those with desk jobs greatly decreases the amount of oxygen taken into the body.
- Now, sit up straight with your shoulders back and head up.
- Take another deep breath.
- Feel the difference and how full your lungs get! Oxygen is vital to every component of life and many people are simply not getting enough oxygen due to this simple but common postural problem.
That’s just one easy way to help people realize their posture. That same posture with shoulders slumped forward, and with your head and neck slightly forward causes’ early degeneration and arthritis of the neck and upper back.
Ever wonder what is causing that chronic neck and upper back pain and tightness? Well it could be due to your posture at work or home. With a neutral and healthy posture and cervical spine your head weight (8-12lbs) should feel like nothing. Due to gravity, for every inch the head moves forward away from neutral the head weight feels as if it doubles on your cervical spine and supporting muscles of the neck and upper back. A few inches of poor head posture can cause the head to feel as if it weighs 20-40lbs. Now think about that while on the computer, texting, driving, or watching TV.
Chiropractic care for good posture
Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency may be compromised. Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems (such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments), a person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly. Chiropractic adjustments can help you realign the body and give you tips to retrain your muscles to establish good posture at work, home, in the car, or even while sleeping. Establishing better posture can help decrease pain and muscle tension, increase athletic ability, or simply just feel healthier overall.
The good news is that most everyone can avoid the problems caused by bad posture…and you can make improvements at any age. Look at Your Posture…Others Do!! Straighten Up and Stay Healthy!