Poor posture is a common problem shared amongst most people today. Poor posture can arise from various factors, however, it is always a reflection of the structural balance in the spine.
Poor or incorrect posture often occurs as a result of daily activities or performance of work duties. Poor posture is always related to spinal misalignment. The most common cause is improper sitting, especially for those who work in offices. Poor posture can also be linked to other factors such as job stress and strain.
Repetitive body positioning causes misalignments in the cervical spine vertebrae and as such causes postural and structural issues.
Most often these issues result in poor or improper posture. The most common injuries that stem from poor posture are rounded shoulders, and forward head posture. Rounded shoulders are caused by bad posture habits, muscle imbalances, and focusing too much on certain exercises. Rounded shoulders are sometimes referred to as hunchback, and are directly related to alignment issues in the spine. Forward head posture is caused by sleeping with the head too highly elevated, extended use of computers or cellphones, or lack of developed back muscles. Like rounded shoulders, forward head posture relates directly back to spinal misalignment. Check – in your profile, does your ear line up with your shoulders? If not you may have forward head posture. This is a sign you should see your chiropractor! Rounded shoulders and forward head posture are both postural issues that you need to correct in your 20s, 30s, and 40s. If you wait until your 70s or 80s it will be too late! Correcting postural imbalances is a major focus at Chiropractic Plus. We are here to get your posture right.
Some ways that you can correct your poor posture include:
- Sit up straight! It may seem simple, but good posture involves training your body to sit, stand, and walk in positions where strain is not placed on the spine and muscles.
- Use a back support or lumbar roll
- Distribute body weight evenly at the hips when standing
- Try to sleep in a position that maintains the curve of your back – avoid sleeping on your stomach or curled up on your side
- Seek chiropractic care. Regular chiropractic corrections will help eliminate the strains caused by poor posture
How we can help
Chiropractic Plus is passionate about improving the way you feel and function. Chiropractic treatments, chiropractic adjustments, and massage are just a few of the options offered at Chiropractic Plus. We take a holistic approach to those dealing with poor posture. At your first appointment, you can expect to receive an initial consultation. Your chiropractor will review your health history, and perform a series of spinal exams. An individual care plan is crafted according to your needs. We will help you achieve your immediate and long term health goals. In addition, your chiropractor may assign posture exercises, review various lifestyle strategies, rehabilitation, and nutrition. Chiropractic Plus recommends that in order to help with the prevention of poor posture that you practice proper ergonomics in the workplace. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help reinforce your chiropractic corrections and help you achieve optimal long term results. Our chiropractors are here to help you live a healthy and optimal life.