You probably don't give much thought to the way you walk, the way you sit, or even the way you sleep at night. However, these things can have negative effects on your posture, which can relate to health issues and other problems later down the road for you. Correcting your posture is very important, and chiropractic care can help with this.
Read on for tips on how to improve your posture using chiropractic care and other helpful tips.
How Poor Posture Negatively Affects the Body
Your posture is simply how your body carries itself (when walking, sitting, or laying down). The muscles in your body are in control of the way your body moves, but over time these muscles may deteriorate, or you could develop some bad habits which could cause your poor posture. Some negative effects on the body include:
- Pain. Poor posture can cause pain in the muscles and joints of the body, including in the knees, lower back, shoulders, and neck.
- Lack of sleep. Your poor posture, especially while sleeping, can lead to a lack of sleep, which can make you more irritable or even lead to depression.
- Injury. Poor posture can cause strain on your muscles or joints that may not be able to handle the extra strain and could lead to injury.
- Poor health. Other health issues can arise from having poor posture, such as constipation, arthritis, and disc degeneration.
These are just a few negative effects. If you have poor posture, you can correct it with the help of a chiropractor.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care can help properly realign your ligaments and joints so they are in the proper position. Over time from poor posture, you can throw your entire body out of whack, causing you to slouch, hunch, or even limp.
Getting chiropractic care will improve your body's alignment, and your chiropractor can also give you tips on how to get rid of some of your bad habits to improve posture in between appointments.
Some things you can do to help while at home or at work include these tips:
- Stand up straight. Stand with your spine tall, your shoulders back, and your chin parallel to the floor. Your hips should be pulled in and aligned with the rest of your body. Slouching while walking can lead to lower back pain, as well as shoulder and neck pain.
- Sit with your feet on the floor. Sitting with your legs crossed may look nice and lady-like, but it can cause issues with your hips and lower back. Keep both feet on the floor when sitting, and keep your bottom on the seat.
- Sleep on your side or back. Sleeping on your stomach can lead to lower back pain or shoulder pain. Instead, sleep on your side or your back. Be sure to use a comfortable and supportive pillow to support your neck and head. When sleeping on your side, use a pillow between your legs to keep your hips in line.
Some other things you can do to aid with your posture include stretching and exercising. Stretching can help prevent injury and keep your muscles and joints loose and flexible. Exercising can strengthen your muscles and can also promote weight loss, which can help relieve pressure from your joints.
If you are overweight it can lead to poor posture and can also be harsh on the joints in your body, which may lead to injury.
If you have poor posture, make an appointment with Alliance Chiropractic today for an exam and consultation to discuss your care options to improve your posture and your well-being. Contact us today.