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Posted on 05-12-2017

6 Easy Fixes for TERRIBLE Posture

Posture: the position your body is in when you are either sitting, standing or lying down. Our postural muscles help us to have remain upright and be balanced during movement.

Is good posture really that important?  Yes!

Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least amount of strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities.

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Correct posture: 

  • Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly and symmetrically on both sides of our body.
  • It decreases the abnormal/uneven wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
  • Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
  • Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
  • Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.

What factors contribute to poor posture?

  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • weak postural muscles
  • abnormally tight muscles and decreased flexibility
  • high-heeled shoes  
  • unhealthy sitting and standing habits

To maintain proper posture you need:

  1. Adequate muscle flexibility and strength.
  2. Normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions.
  3. Efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine.
  4. To recognize your bad postural habits at home and in the workplace and work to correct them

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6  easy fixes for terrible posture:

  1. Learn what correct posture looks and feels like. No matter what position you are in, whether it’s standing, laying down or sitting, the most important factor of proper spinal posture is to keep the area from your neck all the way down to your pelvis straight, with no slouching forward or backward.
  2. Notice your posture in the mirror. Is your head in front of your shoulders? Adjust your body to be in the correct posture. Now, create a mental note of what that feels like. Now, throughout the day, check in with your body, (if you don’t have a mirror close by) to see if you are in the new or old/incorrect posture. Then realign yourself!
  3. Start stretching tight postural muscles, (if they feel tight when you are standing in a correct posture they need to be stretched)
  4. Work with your chiropractor to analyze your posture, and recommend exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles.
  5. Get adjusted by your chiropractor. It’s impossible to have good spinal posture if your joints in your neck, back and pelvis are not freely mobile.
  6. Wear an elastic posture brace under your clothes to change the bad habit of having your shoulders slouch forward.

Call us for a free Posture Evaluation at Hands on Healing Chiropractic, 408-371-0068.  

Also, please join our free meetups to attend health trainings in your area: https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Health-and-Wellness-Group

Source: https://acatoday.org/content/posture-power-how-to-correct-your-body-alignment.

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