Good posture is essential to our health. However, sometimes we find ourselves hunched over our desks, slouching when we walk, or looking down too much. It’s a bad habit that we need to work on regularly.  In order to benefit from the health advantages good posture can provide us, we need to be aware of our postural habits and find solutions to our postural problems. One way for us to improve and maintain our posture is through chiropractic care.

Signs You Have Bad Posture

There are many indicators of poor posture including hunched shoulders, rounded shoulders, rounded upper back, forward head, or an arched lower back. Having bad posture can put your muscles, ligaments, and joints under unnecessary pressure, leading to pain and fatigue. Additionally, there are many physical side effects associated with bad posture including back, shoulder, neck, and arm pain.  Not only can bad posture have a negative effect on your health, but it could also have a negative effect on your appearance and the way people perceive you.

Several factors contribute and link to poor posture. Stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, unusually tight muscles, and high heels are all common factors that contribute to bad posture. Additionally, decreased flexibility, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can contribute leaving you more prone to back pain and injury.

How to Maintain Correct Posture

Good posture can benefit your body in many ways. It can maintain the proper alignment for bones and joints, reduce stress placed on ligaments, minimize risk of injury, conserve energy, decrease abnormal joint wear and tear, and prevent muscle strain, overuse and pain. The benefits are numerous, but how can we improve and maintain our posture?

Chiropractic care is a great tool for working on your posture. Your chiropractor can provide you with expert tips on how to improve and maintain you posture, such as being aware of your postural habits. In order to achieve and maintain good posture we need to be aware of ourselves. Notice your posture when you are sitting, standing, or lying down. Try to recognize your postural habits at home and at your job and work to correct them. Here are a few, great tips on how to improve your posture while sitting, standing, or lying down:

  • Sitting: You want to make sure when you are sitting to keep your feet on the floor and have your ankles in front of your knees and not crossed. Make sure you are relaxing your shoulders while keeping your forearms parallel to the ground. Most importantly, try to avoid sitting in the same place for a long period of time.
  • Standing: While standing, you want bear most of your weight on the balls of your feet. Keep your knees slightly bent and your feet shoulder-width apart. Try to stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled back and stomach tucked in.
  • Lying Down: Your comfort is most important. Try to find a mattress that best fits your needs and always sleep with a pillow. While lying down, avoid sleeping on your stomach. Sleeping on your side or back is usually more helpful for back pain.

Following these expert tips will be beneficial to improving and maintaining a good posture, as well as essential to your overall health. Your chiropractor may also recommend and provide you with exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. Your chiropractor can also assist you with choosing proper postures during activities, helping reduce your risk of injury and pain.

At Ideal Chiropractic Health Center, we will assist you with finding your proper posture. We offer posture and spinal screenings that can reveal important health information and unlock the door to improved health and posture. Additionally, we provide our patients with corrective exercises that are designed to improve posture, joint limitations, and movement imbalances. Don’t continue bad postural habits, contact Ideal Chiropractic so we can help you improve and maintain a posture that is right for you. Email us at dreffertz@healthydubuque.com or call us at (563) 231-9802 to schedule an appointment today! We look forward to hearing from you!