Most think that poor posture is simply a state of not looking your best. But posture is a reflection of the health of the spine. It is the shifting of the spine that can actually cause the outward postural appearance.
The spine is made of 24 moveable individual bones called vertebrae, all separated by a cartilaginous material known as the intervertebral disc (IVD). These discs act as ‘shock absorbers’ for the vertebrae and with regular movement of the spine, nutrients move in and out of the disc. Intricately entwined and closely associated with the spine is the spinal nerve tissue that sits adjacent to the vertebrae. There are pair of spinal nerves that exit at every level of the spine.
Poor posture increases pressure on your spine and can compress your internal organs. The consequences are quite damaging to your overall health. Imagine if you couldn’t breathe properly or have proper / regular bowel motions. The other common problem associated with poor posture is it alters the normal curves of the spine. These primary curves allow for efficient movement and balance to the individual.
Furthermore poor posture can lead to: Tension ; Soreness; Headaches; Back pain; Fatigue; Respiratory problems; Chest tightness; High blood pressure; Poor digestion.
Good posture, on the other hand, is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. It is energy efficient, it keeps muscles, ligaments, bones and internal organs in their natural position. Good posture can help you to breathe better and reduce fatigue. Good posture can also increase self-confidence. Correcting bad posture takes discipline, but the benefits are worth it.
The first step is understanding what are bad posture habits because these impact our lifestyle enormously.
TIPS FOR ACHIEVING GOOD POSTURE
In the morning
- When getting out of bed in the morning, use your hands and arms to support you into a sitting position. Then swing your legs to the floor and stand straight up.
During the day
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Take brief walks during the day, or stand and stretch as much as possible.
- When standing, balance your weight equally on both legs and feet, being sure to put weight on the four corners of each foot.
- Employ good ergonomics at work and home.
- Exercise regularly. Walking, swimming and other general conditioning exercises strengthen weak muscles and stretch those that are tight.
- Sleep on your side or back, not on your stomach. You can help reduce strain by popping a pillow under knees when sleeping on your back, or between your knees when sleeping on your side
CHIROPRACTIC & POSTURE
- Chiropractic is the science of locating problems in the spine, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and a philosophy of natural health care based on your inborn potential to be healthy.
- A Chiropractor searches for the problems that are at the root of poor posture, analysing spinal curvatures, movement and alignment.
- Chiropractors assess for alignment of knees, hips, pelvis, waist, shoulders, head and neck.
- Chiropractic detects and helps to improve forward head translation.
- Chiropractic works towards altering and improving spinal curvatures.
- Chiropractic assess changes to gait (walking) and makes necessary alterations and recommendations.