When we think of the health concerns of poor posture, we might think of the pain we experience in our neck, back or shoulders muscles without much regard for the long term effects on our health.
But a 2005 study in the reputable Medical Journal of SPINE has proven what most chiropractors already know. The worse your posture, the worse all measures of health status are.
Even a minor forward head posture was shown to be detrimental. Everything from breathing to heart rate and disability worsened as the posture deviations increased.
This is where the benefits of regular chiropractic care can’t be ignored. An adjustment helps to restore posture, which improves motion and spinal integrity. By improving spinal integrity you improve the input of nerve vessels and blood flow to the spinal cord and brain, which again has multiple benefits.
In between chiropractic visits, it’s well worth being mindful of your posture in everyday life.
Some quick things you can do right now for better posture:
- Use a lumbar support when sitting to maintain a neutral spine.
- Carry a handbag? Go without or alternate sides you carry your handbag on.
- At your desk, keep feet flat on the floor and ensure your computer screen is at eye level.
- Place a pillow under your knees when sleeping on your back
- If curled up on the lounge watching TV, try to keep your knees lower than your hips.
- When standing, distribute your weight evenly over both feet.
- Switch your abdominal muscles on. This will feel a little like sucking your tummy in when you zip up your jeans!
Don’t despair if your posture isn’t great. While long standing postural problems will take longer to resolve, having a conscious awareness of your posture, strengthening your core and knowing what the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture and you’ll reap the health benefits in no time.