Having poor posture for an extended period of time can lead to increased aches and pains in the body. It might even be causing other problems such as headaches, impaired lung function, digestive problems and poor circulation. Many people don’t even realize they have poor posture until these associated problems arise.
So how can you avoid these problems and maintain good posture? These tips can help you keep your spine is alignment and improve your overall health.
Center Your Weight With Sitting and Standing
To maintain proper posture, it is important to try to keep your spine in alignment and distribute your weight evenly. With standing, avoid crossing your legs and center your weight between both feet. Remember to stand tall, with shoulders back, and feet shoulder width apart. Keeping your lumbar spine in alignment by pulling in your abdomen.
With sitting you should also avoid crossing your legs or ankles, and sitting tall with shoulders back. You might want to avoid leaning back in a chair if it causes you to slouch, and instead shift your weight to the front of the chair. Your ears should line up with your shoulders to avoid a forward head.
Wear Supportive Footwear for Good Posture
A good supportive shoe made for running or walking are ideal for supporting the body when standing. Shoes with little support can allow for the foot to pronate during standing and places additional stress up the kinetic chain. This can lead to joint pain, shin splints, and put your spine out of alignment. High heels will also effect your posture by changing your center of gravity with standing. This can cause your body to compensate for the shift and change your posture.
Create Ergonomic Environments
Ergonomic environments are set up for the safety and efficiency for the individual. Creating an ergonomic work space can include setting a chair at the proper height to keep you spine in alignment as you work at your desk, using a foot rest or moving your computer screen. Other areas where you spend a large amount of time (such as in your vehicle or on the couch) should also be set up ergonomically. Small changes like a lumbar support or adjusting the position of the steering wheel can make a big difference when it comes to posture.
Chiropractic Care for Good Posture
Chiropractic care involves several services will can benefit your posture. The first step is a postural screening to assess where the problems are. Second, manipulative techniques get the spine back in the proper alignment. Additional chiropractic services will be used to maintain good posture. These include massage therapy, physiotherapy and corrective exercises to correct the areas causing the problems. Dr. Shane Silver will also discuss with you how you can make the changes in your daily life to assist in maintaining a healthy posture.
Contact Silver Chiropractic and Wellness today to improve your health and posture!