You’ve likely come across someone with very poor posture. Perhaps, they slouch a lot while sitting or they seem to be quite unbalanced in how they stand. But what if we told you that almost every single person has some sort of posture problem that needs to be corrected? It might be extremely minor, but postural issues are extremely common and need to be addressed before they cause additional problems.
Importance of Good Posture
You’ve probably had someone tell you to sit up straight, and you may have brushed it off. But having good posture really is important. It’s better for your overall health because poor posture directly impacts the spine. If you are consistently slouching or leaning to one side as you sit, your spinal muscles become unbalanced and your vertebrae can shift out of alignment. This puts pressure on the nerves in and around the spine and can interrupt important messages from the brain that are important in how your body functions.
If your posture isn’t improved and corrected, you can sustain long-term damage to your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Each of these is meant to handle a certain amount of pressure, and when your body is unbalanced due to poor posture, they have to bear additional stress and pressure, causing more long-term problems both within the musculoskeletal system and otherwise.
Common Issues with Posture
Almost anything can result in poor posture if it’s repeated enough times. Sitting at a computer, staring down at a phone, standing up for several hours a day, and even riding in the car for long periods of time can bring about postural problems. In today’s technological world, the most common issue with posture is called “tech neck” or “text neck.” This is a form of forward head posture where the head leans farther forward than it should, putting intense strain on the neck, shoulders, and back. It can lead to headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and tingling in the arms.
In addition to lifestyle habits, poor posture can also be caused by stress, obesity, wearing high heels, being pregnant, and weak core muscles. It can cause a slew of problems, including pain, headaches, tingling and numbness, tightness in the shoulders and neck, and sleeping problems.
Chiropractic Care for Improved Posture
If you suspect your posture isn’t at its best, chiropractic care from a Billing chiropractor is your best option. Dr. Thomas Keogh and his team at Bare Chiropractic are skilled at addressing postural problems as well as a number of other issues. They will do a comprehensive assessment of your health, and then Dr. Thomas will adjust your spine to improve your spinal curves and help your muscles achieve optimal balance. As your spine learns to maintain its adjustments and stay aligned, your posture will improve and any associated issues will be resolved.
To learn more about the many benefits of chiropractic care and how you can improve your posture naturally, contact the team at Bare Chiropractic today.
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