Are you sitting up straight? Are your shoulders back and your head in perfect alignment with your spine? Probably not. The truth is that very few of us pay enough attention to our posture. Posture refers to the position of our body when we are still or in motion. This can include standing, sitting, and lying, as well as walking and even running. Many people are surprised to learn that poor posture doesn’t only cause aches, pains, and stiffness, but can also have a big impact on our general health and wellbeing.
There are many reasons why your posture may be poor. It may be that you have gained weight or become pregnant and not learnt to adjust your position according to your new weight or shape. You could have suffered an injury that affects how you hold your body, or wear high-heeled shoes that alter your body position and throw off your natural balance. Or it simply might be that you aren’t paying enough attention to how you hold your body because, let’s face it, life is busy and it’s easy to get distracted.
Fortunately, regular chiropractic care has been shown to be extremely effective at helping people correct their posture and maintain their new body position to reap the benefits of proper posture.
Here are some of the main benefits of chiropractic care to help improve posture.
Unlike many medical treatments, chiropractic care has the distinct benefits of being non-invasive and drug-free. This means that there are no incisions created, no wounds to care for, and no recovery period required. There’s also no need for anesthetic and no drugs will be prescribed. It can even reduce your need to take pain medications in the future.
Not all of the health benefits of improved posture are visible. This is because better posture can release pressure on the central nervous system, which is responsible for all body functions from how your organs work to how your brain functions. This means that some of the hidden health benefits of improved posture include better digestion, elevated mood, reduced anxiety, better sleep, and a stronger immune system.
Your musculoskeletal system refers to the spine, other bones, muscles, and connective tissues that give our body shape, strength, and movement. Poor posture can cause excess wear and tear on muscles and joints, place stress on ligaments, and result in improper alignment of the bones and joints. However, regular chiropractic care won’t only improve your posture and reduce these effects, but it will also make your overall musculoskeletal system stronger and less prone to injury.
At your first appointment, your chiropractor will be able to assess the position of your spine and your posture. This will provide them with the information that they need to carry out the appropriate adjustments to bring it into alignment. They will also be able to offer you advice on how you can maintain good posture on a daily basis, which will help to optimize your long-term health and wellbeing.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care to help improve posture, or to make an appointment, please contact our friendly chiropractic team at Bloomingdale Chiropractic Clinic in Valrico, Florida at (813) 654-3921.