We believe that structure governs function, therefore, the better your posture is, the better your body functions.
Maintaining good posture involves keeping the body in a position that minimizes strain on the muscles, ligaments, and joints.
Specifically, good posture involves keeping the shoulders back and down, the chin tucked in, and the spine in a neutral position. This helps distribute the weight of the body evenly, reducing strain on any one particular area.
Good Posture can:
- Conserve energy because muscles are used more efficiently;
- Reduce stress on ligaments and joints and prevent muscle strain, overuse and pain;
- Decrease abnormal joint wear.
- Reduce the risk of developing conditions such as spinal curvature, herniated discs, and pinched nerves.
- Improve breathing.
- Boost confidence.
- Reduce the risk of developing neck pain, back pain, and other musculoskeletal problems.
- Help prevent muscle imbalances.
Poor posture can be indicative of a problem with the spine and/or nervous system.
Age Related Changes
Injuries eg car accidents
Frequent Mobile Phone and Tablet Use
Sleeping on your stomach
Wearing High Heels
Poor posture (which can be commonly seen as slouching and/or having an anterior head carriage and hunched or rounded shoulders, amongst other things) can cause strain on the muscles in the neck and increase the weight-bearing pressure on the discs. This can subsequently lead to premature ageing (arthritis) of the neck.
We always aim to improve posture by focusing on the alignment of the spine and body as a whole, providing rehabilitative exercises and stretches, giving ergonomic advice and targeting specific muscle groups.
Contact us today to see how we can help improve and maintain your posture.
We have helped many people with poor posture, all of whom have commented how much their posture has improved after completing a course of Chiropractic care and massage care. In order to ascertain whether we could help you, we would perform a thorough consultation and examination. Before committing to any care, you would know: what we have found, if and how we can help, how long it will take and how much it will cost to get right. If we determine we cannot help you, we would refer you to the person who could.
Correct posture helps to reduce pressure on muscles, ligaments, bones and nerves. The average head weighs approximately 10-12 pounds, and it’s estimated that for every inch the head is held forward in poor posture, an additional 10 pounds of weight is loaded onto the neck. Therefore, the first inch the head goes forward can double the load on the neck —and even triple the load if the head goes forward 2 inches.
Fixing posture is important for several reasons. Good posture helps distribute the weight of the body evenly, reducing strain on any one particular area. By maintaining good posture, you can help prevent muscle imbalances and reduce the risk of developing conditions such as spinal curvature, herniated discs, and pinched nerves. In addition, fixing posture can:Reduce pain: Poor posture can cause pain and discomfort in the neck, back, and other areas of the body. Improving posture can help alleviate these symptoms. Add the sentence in here, Forward head carriage, for example, can lead to …
Improve breathing: Good posture allows the lungs to expand fully, which can improve breathing and increase oxygen intake.
Boost confidence: Standing tall with good posture can help you feel more confident and project a positive image.
Increase energy: Poor posture can lead to fatigue and a feeling of lethargy. By improving posture, you may feel more energetic and alert.
Improve digestion: Good posture can help promote healthy digestion by allowing the organs in the digestive system to function properly.
Overall, fixing posture can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, and can help improve your quality of life.
There are a variety of causes. Wearing high heels, carrying bags on one shoulder, carrying children on the hip, work ergonomics, prolonged laptop, tablet and phone use, and wearing unsupportive bras amongst other things. Poor posture can also be a result of injury, disease or genetics.
Poor posture can be caused by several factors, including:
- Sedentary lifestyle: Sitting for prolonged periods can cause the muscles in the back, neck, and shoulders to become weak and lose their flexibility, leading to poor posture.
- Improper ergonomics: Using equipment that is not properly adjusted or designed for your body type, such as a desk that is too high or a chair that does not provide enough support, can contribute to poor posture.
- Muscle imbalances: Certain muscles, such as those in the chest and front of the shoulders, can become tight and pull the shoulders forward, leading to a rounded posture.
- Injury: Trauma to the neck or back, such as a whiplash injury or spinal fracture, can lead to poor posture as the body compensates for the injury.
- Age-related changes: As we age, the bones, joints, and muscles in the body may undergo changes that can lead to poor posture.
- Take frequent breaks from any prolonged positions.
- Have your workstation ergonomically assessed and corrected accordingly.
- Lift correctly.
- Be measured for a correct fitting bra.
- Wear the straps of bags on both shoulders.
- Do not carry children on one hip
- Try not to hunch.
Appropriate Stretches and strengthening exercises can also help. Consider consulting your local Chiropractor who can help establish normal body alignment if you are found to be misaligned.
There are several things you can do to help correct your posture:
- Be mindful of your posture: Pay attention to how you sit and stand throughout the day, and make a conscious effort to maintain good
- Practice exercises that strengthen your core muscles: Strong core muscles help support good posture. Exercises such as planks, bridges, and abdominal crunches can help strengthen your core.
- Stretch regularly: Stretching can help improve flexibility and reduce muscle tightness that can contribute to poor posture. Focus on stretching the chest, shoulders, neck, and upper back.
- Use proper ergonomics: Make sure your workspace is set up in a way that supports good posture. This may include using a chair with good back support and positioning your computer monitor at eye level.
- Wear supportive footwear: Shoes that provide good support can help improve posture by keeping the body in proper alignment.
- Take breaks: If you sit for prolonged periods, take frequent breaks to stand up, stretch, and walk around.
- Consider seeing a Chiropractor who can assess your posture, provide specific exercises and stretches tailored to your specific needs and help establish normal body alignment if you are found to be misaligned.