Why Good Posture is So Important
You have probably been told before that posture is important. You should stand up tall, square your shoulders, and keep your head level. When you walk, this posture should be maintained. Even when you sit, the general posture should be held so that you aren’t slouching. However, do you know why good posture is important?
You can develop issues with your spine and overall alignment when you continue to maintain poor posture. You’re going against nature, and this leads to joints, ligaments, and muscles being pulled in directions they shouldn’t be.
Good posture is a must for peak efficiency of the body. It allows your vital organs to perform as they should because they are in the right position. If you don’t have the best posture, it can lead to problems with breathing, digestion, elimination, and more. You want to be able to move properly and work efficiently, and poor posture will hurt both in the long run.
There are a lot of posture-related activities that we do on a regular basis. This includes watching television, sitting at a desk, driving a car, and even sleeping on a mattress. When a seat is not modified for us or a mattress does not have the necessary support, our posture suffers. Our bodies look for ways to compensate, which includes shifts within the joints, ligaments, and muscles. Our spines may bend a little here and there to make up for the changes.
Poor posture can lead to fatigue, stiffness within muscles, and sore muscles in the back, neck, legs and arms. These conditions are warning signs that something is going on with your body. They should not be ignored. Instead, heed the signs and get help to reduce or end these conditions.
There are a few things that you can do to improve your posture. The first is to understand where your posture problems are. You can take a wall test, a mirror test, or even a jump test to figure out if your head is straight, your hips are level, and your shoulders are level.
You will also be able to make an appointment with a chiropractor to learn more about what is going on. X-rays can be done in order to see what issues are present. A treatment plan can then be established with regular adjustments to help get your body back into a natural alignment. The adjustments will be custom done specifically to you and your needs. The focus may be on your shoulders, your hips, your lower back, or across the entire body.
Over time, you can work on improving your posture, and with adjustments on a regular basis, you can maintain the better posture. Improved posture will reduce your aches and pains and allow you to do your every day activities without the underlying issues returning.