Proper posture is essential for good health. Posture is the position our bodies are held standing, sitting, and lying down. Proper posture is the correct alignment of the body. This is also supported by the right amount of muscle tension. Normally we do not consciously maintain posture. Certain muscles do it for us. Several muscles including the hamstrings and large back muscles are critical for proper posture.
Why is posture important?
Proper posture helps place the least strain on supporting muscles. Correct posture helps keep bones and joints in the correct alignment. It also reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together. This will minimize chances for injury. Another reason posture is important is because it allows muscles to work more efficiently. This helps the body use less energy.
Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our posture muscles. There are several factors that contribute to poor posture. Some of the most common ones include stress, obesity, pregnancy, abnormally tight muscles and high heel shoes. Unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor posture.
Is it possible to correct posture?
The good news is yes, you can correct your posture. Although longer standing posture problems will take longer to address. It is important to always be conscious of proper posture. Knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With practice, the correct posture will gradually replace your old posture.
Sitting properly is very important. For proper posture when sitting, keep your feet on the floor. Don’t cross your legs. Ankles should be in front of your knees. You may need to adjust the back rest of your chair. This will help support your low and mid back. Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
When standing, bear the weight primarily on the balls of your feet. It is important to keep your knees slightly bent. Keep your feet shoulder width apart. Let your arms hang naturally. Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward. Make sure your stomach is tucked in. If you need to stand for a long period of time, shift weight from your toes to your heels.
Chiropractic Care and Posture
Chiropractors treat subluxations or misalignments, but they also assess to see if there are any postural imbalances. One shoulder may be higher than the other. A pelvis may be tilted. Over time, these imbalances can have a serious impact. A chiropractor helps correct these imbalances. At the same time, they encourage your body to work more optimally. Once joint restrictions and dysfunctions have been removed, then posture can be worked on improving. This can be achieved through chiropractic treatment, exercise and better nutrition. Chiropractors can help with uneven hips, scoliosis, or hunchbacks.
ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic
At our clinic, we offer computerized chiropractic care. It allows treatment without any popping, cracking twisting or turning. Dr. Maggio has successfully treated many patients who have scoliosis, uneven hips, and posture issues. If you or someone you know wants to work on their posture, gives us a call at (757) 473-9900 (option 1).