Perfect Posture: What Is It & Does It Actually Exist?
Have you ever noticed that pictures showing the “perfect posture” are always drawings? We are all different and have compensated to balance our posture for good or bad. The question is why “bad posture” is bad for your health and what can be done about it?
Standing or sitting in positions that put strain on your spine increases wear on the joints and soft tissues of the spine. There is an old saying, “practice makes permanent” and in this case, once the damage is done it is permanent. On the other hand, if you do not improve your posture, your posture will continue to worsen.
Understanding the Importance of Good Posture…
“Stop slouching, sit up straight!” Sound like a voice from the past? I think I’m quoting every mom since the beginning of time…I wonder if they all realized just how important good posture is to your overall health. Believe it or not it’s just as important as good nutrition, good exercise and good sleep. When you continuously have poor posture, it puts your spine under more pressure than normal, and over time…
Poor posture can cause or affect:
- Muscle, ligament and joint health
- Energy (contributes to fatigue)
- Neck and back
- The curvature of your spine, which affects how well your spine is able to keep you balanced and absorb the “shock” of everyday movement
- Blood flow and oxygen supply by constricting the blood vessels
- Result in pinched nerves from the changing shape of the spine which puts pressure on the nerves around the spine
- Can contribute to degenerative disc disease
Poor posture can be caused by:
- Weight gain
- Falls and accidents that have resulted in injuries
- Poor sleep habits
- Too many hours looking at digital devices
- Lack of self-esteem
- Poor work environment
- Which could mean anything from a poor work space to too many hours in one position
Can Chiropractic care help problems with posture?
Yes. There are certain issues that can be corrected by chiropractic care. But if your poor posture isn’t caused by certain imbalances, such as one shoulder being higher than the other, I can help you with some great exercises:
“Body Zone” has developed a series of simple postural exercises that take very little time but are powerful tools in helping to change your posture, strengthen your core and improve your health. Although chiropractic care is an important part of changing posture, I am committed to sharing these exercises with anyone interested, even if you are not interested in receiving an adjustment.
For more information on these simple tools, Contact me today for a no charge consultation to discuss how these exercises and/or chiropractic care can benefit your health.