Most people consider posture in relation to sitting for long periods, often at a desk. Laptops are well known for causing significant postural problems as the viewing angle forces you to look down. While this is one situation where posture is important, other types of jobs and situations also require using the proper posture, such as:
Bad posture is the result of our bodies attempting to adapt to various situations we put ourselves in. Slouching our shoulders forward, leaning hunched over a desk, leaning on a counter while standing, and not lifting an object correctly are all everyday examples of how we can develop bad posture. And bad posture? It leads to a variety of symptoms which can include tension headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain.
Your upper back and shoulders might feel tense and tight or ache. You could notice a sharpness in your lower back. Poor posture often leads to spinal misalignment and over time can stress and/or pinch nerves. All of this means that bad posture can lead to an increase in general symptoms you may feel including headaches, body aches, and muscle tension. Additionally, poor posture will lead to an increased risk for injuries.
Can you fix bad posture?
Of course! The first step in any retraining process is to understand where you are now. Being aware of our habits will help us to form better ones. Some questions you might ask yourself:
relaxed. You may need a lumbar support if your low back isn’t sufficiently supported.
down for long periods of time. You might place your monitor on a book or use other simple solutions to resolve any issues. Also, be sure you take 20 seconds every 20 minutes to look up and away.
Exercises to Improve Posture
After discovering what you are doing wrong and taking steps to correct poor posture, your next objective is to implement exercises to strengthen the shoulders, neck, and back. These exercises don’t require a gym membership and can easily be done at home or in the office. At McCann Family Chiropractic, we call these “Spinal Hygiene” exercises. Your teeth require good hygiene to keep in top shape, and your spine does too!
Chiropractic Can Help with Posture Problems
Chiropractic care can provide the education, support, and knowledge you require to improve poor posture. We focus on the health and wellness of the entire body, which involves ensuring the spine is properly aligned and the nervous system is functioning optimally.
When these two areas are working properly, people often notice a reduction in back, neck, and shoulder pain; tension, stress, anxiety, and more. Our office is happy to incorporate a computerized posture scan into your new patient exam. Let us know if this is something you are interested in. To learn more about how to improve your posture and develop good posture habits, please contact McCann Family Chiropractic at (360) 657-7183 today!
Dr. Matt McCann
Owner and Chiropractor at McCann Family Chiropractic. Walking this journey of life with you, on our path to wellness!
11605 State Avenue, Suite 111
Marysville, WA 98271
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