When the body is practicing good posture the body is in a neutral spine state which reduces the chance of pain and injury. However, when poor posture occurs, the body is at risk for much more than just back pain.
Why Posture Is Important
When standing tall you appear to be more confident and alert, but the benefits alone far exceed just looking good. When practicing good posture your body:
- Maintain proper alignment
- Minimizes stress on the ligaments and reduces the chance of injury
- Prevent overuse
- Conserves energy
- Decrease abnormal joint wear
If poor posture if practiced regularly, studies have shown links to increased depression and digestive troubles.
Do I Have Poor Posture?
Having poor posture is easy to spot if your shoulders are slouched or your head is arched lower than your back you may be practicing poor posture. Back pain is also a common symptom of poor posture and continuous slouching is often the cause of that.
Factors that Contribute to Poor Posture
- Weak postural muscles
- Tight muscles
- Wearing high heeled shoes
How To Treat Poor Posture
Being conscious of your posture is the first step. Posture should be thought about when standing, sitting, and even lying down. If sitting in a chair, always make sure that your feet are touching the ground. If standing, bend the knees and keep the shoulders back. When lying down, make sure that your mattress is right for you and sleep on your side rather than your stomach.
Our Atlanta chiropractors educate our patients on how to correct their posture while providing them spinal manipulations and adjustments to treat the misalignments and manage pain. Make an appointment today by calling (404) 889-8828 to begin correcting the effects of poor posture.