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Chiropractic and Posture

Poor posture has become a nationwide epidemic. Our daily habits can have a huge impact on our spine. With our increased time sitting, as well as frequent use of computers, phones and handheld devices, millions of people are experiencing neck pain, headaches and back pain beginning at a very young age. Poor posture goes beyond causing pain and discomfort and plays an important role in our overall health.

Good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints, and ligaments are balanced and working optimally. It means your organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Good posture helps contribute to a normal functioning nervous system. Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency may be compromised. Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems, a person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.

Poor posture can be the result of a combination of factors. Car accidents, sports injuries, and falls can cause immediate change. Most postural changes happen gradually as a result of poor work ergonomics, sleep positions, and careless sitting and standing habits. In addition, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and excess body weight can contribute to poor body positioning.

Poor posture inevitably leads to pain. Muscles have to work extra hard just to hold you up, causing fatigue. The muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs become tight, stiff and achy. Eventually, there will be joint stiffness and pain as the result of all the excess wear and tear to the joints and discs.

To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine. In addition, you must recognize your postural habits and work to correct them.

Chiropractors are experts at analyzing posture and spinal problems. They can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. They can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury.

For more information, contact Dr. Wendy at Haydenhealth@gmail.com.


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