If you have memories of being told to sit up straight by your caregivers growing up, you’re not the only one who does. As it turns out, good posture is about more than just having good manners. If your posture is poor, it could be doing much more damage to your overall health than you may be aware of. Studies have started to show that people with poor posture are much more likely to have a variety of other health issues, ranging from back pain and joint stiffness, to displaying symptoms of clinical depression and anxiety disorders. If you thought poor posture was nothing to worry about, you’ll want to think again.
How Poor Posture Affects Your Health
If you’ve ever suffered from conditions such as headaches, muscle cramps, digestive issues, or numbness in the hands or feet without any reliable explanation, your posture may be to blame. When we slump in our chairs or hunch forward while standing and walking, we are placing our bodies out of alignment and out of balance. This creates tension on our spinal columns, as they are forced to work harder to keep the body aligned and in balance in the midst of poor posture. Over time, this tension can lead to chronic back pain and general discomfort in the area, which will only become harder to get rid of the longer the issue remains unaddressed.
How To Improve Your Posture
One of the best things you can do to initially receive relief from back pain and poor posture is to start attending chiropractic sessions on a regular basis. Chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic clinics will be able to readjust the spine in a way which can provide some much-needed relief from pain and tension, and can correct any damage brought onto the body as a result of poor posture.
As for your everyday life, be sure to do what you can to keep your posture healthy. Try to be mindful of the placement of your shoulders and neck; do a scan of your body every few hours and notice wherever there may be feelings of tensions or stiffness. Remember to roll your shoulders back and keep your back as straight as possible for the best posture you can maintain. Exercising on a regular basis can also condition the muscles in your back and core area, which will make it much easier to maintain proper posture.
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