With so many of us working spending longer periods at desks or on our phones it helps to think about your posture;
We always notice when someone has good posture, we might not be able to say why they look good, but when you think about a ballet dancer or a catwalk model, they seem to have their posture spot on! Good posture, can make someone appear to have confidence and strength, standing or sitting tall make a person seem healthy and in good shape! Whereas poor posture makes a person seem tired, lacking in strength and often before too long having neck or back pain.
Actually most of us don’t have an ideal posture. Your posture is a result of many factors, your movement, physical shape and even mental health.
If you spend a lot of time on your phone, computer or sitting incorrectly, this can contribute to muscle imbalance which rounds your shoulders or weakens your neck or low back muscles. Over time poor posture causes little niggles, aches and stiffness, this is the body warning you that it isn’t functioning correctly.
When the little niggles become pain, this really is when you have an issue. Poor posture maintained over years can cause wear and tear to the spine, this is better know as ‘arthritis’.
Improve your posture
Exercise more, not surprising that the stronger your muscles are the easier it is to keep your head shoulders and back in the correct place. Focus on your core, back and gluteal muscles to ensure they help keep your posture in check.
Pilates and Yoga are great for helping, there are lots of beginners sessions on YouTube, or join a class.
Practice sitting and standing taller. Really think about keeping yourself in the correct position, you’ll notice the difference.
take a picture from the side, your head should sit level with your shoulders not forward. We can show you with our unique posture check technology.
Book an appointment with our Chiropractors, we can help release the tension in your joints and muscles which will help you improve the posture.
Keep positive, research has shown that taking a stronger upright stance can improve your feelings and mood!
SO YOUR POSTURE REALLY MATTERS!
Poor posture in one of the main things a new patient tells us is the reason they are in pain.
They are often surprised when they notice after a few treatments not only has their pain started easing but other people notice and improvement to their posture.
The most important thing is, if you’re reading this it shows you are interested in your posture, what you can do about it and how we can help.
Whatever has caused your poor posture, you don’t need to suffer.
Get in touch with Oakfield Chiropractic and start taking action now to get back to doing the things you love!