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Proper Posture: Fending off gravity for better health

The human form is a carefully constructed, finely balanced assembly of bone and tissue. It is also delicate, and prone to improper shifts in alignment that can result in poor posture. But it doesn’t stop there. Poor posture can lead to poor health. It can cause pain. And it can affect the function of your entire body.

The reasons behind poor posture are many. Some are simply bad habits – the way we stand, sit, move, and sleep. Others are external – poorly designed furniture, ill-fitting footwear, old mattresses, too many pillows, and inadequate workplace ergonomics. But most of all, it is simply due to gravity.

From before we were born, gravity goes to work on our bodies. It attempts to pull us out of proper alignment, force us into unnatural shapes encouraging poor posture. But, we can fend off gravity and maintain proper posture and better health. Chiropractors provide specific corrective spinal adjustments as well as assign you stretches and exercises, all scientifically designed to correct faults and improve posture. 

 Sometimes improper posture is obvious. But even when clearly visible, the causes and effects can be complex. In fact, mathematically, there are 387,000,000 combinations of rotations and translations in the head, rib cage, and pelvis that can create and contribute to poor posture. Not to worry…your Chiropractor is trained in the techniques scientifically developed to provide the course of treatment that will provide you with the best results.

 Why correct poor posture? It’s simple: correcting poor posture can alleviate, relieve, or prevent a number of health disorders. Among them: strained and imbalanced muscles, disc issues, scoliosis, lifting injuries, back pain, neck pain, headaches (even migraines!), carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, shoulder injuries, knee pain, and more.

 In short, proper posture means that your body can work as it was designed. And when your body works better, you feel better: 

Better Posture = A Better Spine = Better Health

What can you do to facilitate this process? The most important thing you can do is follow your Chiropractor’s recommendations. The corrective treatment plan they have recommended is for best results…if you pick and choose how many times and how often you come in you simply won’t get the same end result. Imagine if a surgeon said you needed a four hour surgery and you decided you decided to give surgery a try for an hour…do you think you would get the same results? Just like anything in your body, chiropractic is a process and it takes time. 

 Additionally, make sure you faithfully do all at home prescribed exercises and stretches. Come up with a plan to hold yourself accountable and follow through. If you need ideas, encouragement, or simply have questions, please don’t be afraid to ask one of our docs. We are here to help ensure you have the most success possible with better posture and better health so you can live your best life!

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