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How Chiropractic Care Helps Posture

How Chiropractic Care Helps Posture

Posture is position of the body while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture, also referred to as neutral spine, has many health benefits,
including the avoidance of injury-induced back pain. Chiropractic can help improve and maintain posture.

Why is Posture Important 

Appearance benefits with good posture are obvious, but there are many less-obvious health benefits you should know. Good posture can:

  • Maintain correct alignment of bones and joints
  • Reduce stress on ligaments, minimizing risk of injury
  • Prevent muscle strain, overuse and pain
  • Conserve energy as muscles are used more efficiently
  • Decrease abnormal joint wear

Research has shown that poor postures may increase feelings of depression, affect your digestive tract and influence confidence and stress levels.

Signs You have Poor Posture 

There are many indicators of poor posture, but some of the more common are hunched shoulders, rounded shoulders, rounded upper back, forward head carriage
and arched lower back. Another indicator is back pain. Unsure if you have good posture? Talk to your chiropractor or schedule an appointment for a
spinal examination.

Factors that Contribute to Poor Posture

There are several common factors linked to poor posture:

  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Weak postural muscles
  • Abnormally tight muscles
  • High-heeled shoes
How Chiropractic Care Helps Posture

How to Maintain or Correct Posture 

The first step is awareness! Bring your attention to your posture as you sit, stand or lie down. If you’re sitting, keep both feet on the floor or a footrest,
don’t cross your legs and use low-back support. While standing, keep your knees slightly bent, relax your arms and pull your shoulders back. When lying
down it’s critical to choose the right mattress and pillow, and avoid sleeping on your stomach.

Importance of Chiropractic Care and Therapies

Your chiropractor can help you to maintain and correct your posture through chiropractic adjustments, exercises and recommendations on proper positions
during different activities.

Make an appointment to talk to a chiropractic doctor about chiropractic and posture.

Read on to learn more:

Tips to Maintain Good Posture, American Chiropractic Association, accessed
June 2015

Straight Facts on Good Posture, CBS News, Jan. 2004

Spinal manipulation and anterior headweighting for the correction of forward head posture and cervical hypolordosis: A pilot study,
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, Spring 2003

Structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture: rationale for treatment beyond the resolution of symptoms,
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1998