What is posture? Posture is position of the body while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture, also commonly referred to as “neutral spine”, has many health benefits… including the avoidance of injury and back pain. Chiropractic can help improve and maintain posture. There are many indicators of poor posture, but some of the more common are rounded shoulders, rounded shoulders , hunched upper back, anterior head carriage and an arched lower back. Another symptom is back pain. Symptoms are typically the last to manifest, so if you have pain and poor posture now, its likely it been there far before you started to feel the symptoms.
Below is a photo that reflects a few different example of posture:
Why is posture important?
- 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
What causes these postural distortions in the first place? Stressors on the body including physical, chemical and emotional stressors over time can cause a change of posture.
There are several common factors linked to poor posture:
- Weak postural muscles
- Abnormally tight muscles
- High-heeled shoes
Unsure if you have good posture? Schedule an appointment for a spinal examination today. We can help you to maintain and correct your posture through chiropractic adjustments, exercises and recommendations on proper positions during different activities. Call us today at 515-278-9678 for a posture exam and recommendations on how to restore proper posture.