Maintaining your posture is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. If you don’t, it can negatively affect your overall health. The good news is that most everyone can avoid the problems caused by bad posture by making improvements at any age.
How Does Poor Posture Happen?
Oftentimes poor posture occurs from falls and accidents. It can also happen gradually over a period of time from bad habits. Today, posture-related problems are increasing in both young and old people alike. Poor posture can result from a combination of many different factors, which can include: A higher percentage of people work sedentary desk jobs.
- As a society we watch more television than any other generation.
- A higher percentage of people work in sedentary jobs.
- A higher percentage of people are overweight.
- Non-ergonomic work spaces.
- Weak muscles and muscle imbalances.
- Improper shoes or foot issues.
- Poor standing, sitting and sleeping habits.
- Injuries from accidents or falls.
How Does Poor Posture Cause Pain?
Over time, poor posture can cause a domino-effect of symptoms, which can result in pain. First, muscles can become fatigued and end up having to work extra hard just to hold you upright and keep you moving. This fatigue can gradually change to tight, achy muscles in your neck, back, hips, legs and arms. It is common to experience stiffness in the muscles and ligaments, especially if you sit for long periods. If the problem isn’t corrected, joint stiffness and pain can eventually occur. Poor posture combined with limited mobility increase the likelihood of arthritis and even degenerative osteoarthritis.
How Can Your Chiropractor Help Bad Posture?
The key to maintaining good spinal health and posture begins with an evaluation from your professional and knowledgeable Northern Colorado Chiropractor. Your Chiropractor will effectively be able to identify the problems that are at the root of poor posture. This is done by analyzing and addressing any subluxations, spinal alignment and movement or gait patterns.
How Can You Help Prevent Bad Posture?
In addition to receiving regular chiropractic adjustments, be sure to stretch often. Sitting or standing for long periods of time, especially hunched over a desk can lead to poor posture. Doing a stretching routine several times a week such as yoga, Pilates and the Egoscue Pain Free Method can help to stretch, lengthen and strengthen your muscles all at the same time. You will quickly notice a significant improvement in your posture and how good you feel too.
Be especially aware of your body and how you hold your posture. Work hard to maintain healthy posture habits to help prevent problems later on down the road.
Finally, be sure to see your Fort Collins Chiropractor regularly to keep your spine aligned. If you have any questions about how chiropractic care can help you feeling your best, call us today at (970) 377-1775 for a free consultation.