Did your mom or grandmother ever tell you to stand up straight? Maybe they are still telling you that, and years later, you aren't listening. But did you know that besides making you look lazy, poor posture can have other negative consequences?
Symptoms of Poor Posture
First of all, you may not even realize you have poor posture. Or, because having not-so-good posture has become a bad habit, it's become much easier to slouch at your desk rather than sit up straight. No matter what kind of posture you have, or what kind of posture you think you have, here are some common symptoms of poor posture:
- Hunched and/or rounded shoulders
- Rounded upper back
- Arched lower back
- Head that leans forward
- Back pain
If you have any or all of these symptoms and think it's too late to try to improve your posture, then think again. With poor posture correction, a chiropractor can actually help you improve your posture. Not only will having improved posture help you look better, but there are some other benefits that can be gained as well.
Benefits of Poor Posture Correction
There are many reasons that having good posture is important. Some of these benefits include:
- An increased chance of keeping the bones and joints properly aligned
- Reduced stress on ligaments, thereby reducing risk of getting injured
- Prevention of muscle strain
- More efficient use of muscles, which helps to conserve energy
- Reduced amount of back pain
A few more perks of having good posture include looking more confident and having fewer digestive issues.
How A Chiropractor Can Help Improve Your Posture
Chiropractors use a variety of methods to help their patients correct poor posture. Spinal adjustments, therapeutic exercises, and recommendations on how to sit or stand while performing certain activities are all things that can be used when it comes to poor posture correction. They might also offer the following suggestions:
- When sitting, keep both feet on the floor
- Keep the legs uncrossed
- Use support for your lower back
- When standing, pull the shoulders back
- Slightly bend the knees and stay in that position
It's also important to note, that good posture doesn't just apply to the way you sit or stand; good posture is also important when it comes to lying down. Many chiropractors recommend finding a good mattress and a pillow. They may also suggest not lying on your stomach.
If you have any symptoms of poor posture and you want to reap the benefits of improving it, it's never too late to get started.