Improve Your Posture, Improve Your Life

We’ve all heard the old saying that we should “stand up straight,” though few of us have probably given it much thought since middle school. But having good posture is indeed important to your overall health and wellness, impacting both how you move and how you feel.

At Chicago Chiropractic Center, we understand how important good posture is and know how improving your posture can improve your life. Today, we’re here to share our secrets with you.

Everything you need to know about posture

Posture refers to your body’s position when you’re standing, lying down, or sitting. When your posture is good, your body parts are aligned and balanced. Although multiple muscle systems work to build your posture, two of the most important are the muscles of your lower back and your hamstrings (on the back of the thigh).

When your posture is good, you stand straight, with your weight centered over your feet. Your chin is parallel to the floor and your shoulders are even, with your shoulder blades sliding down your back. Your abdominals are tight, and your arms hang loose at your sides. Your hips are even, and your knees point straight ahead.

Those with good posture also tend to maintain a more correct form when exercising and playing sports, and they typically have fewer activity-related injuries.

Multiple factors contribute to bad posture. Bad habits, such as slouching, can lead to bad posture, as can high levels of stress, obesity, pregnancy, and wearing high-heeled shoes.

Benefits of improving your posture

Improving your posture improves more aspects of your life than you might think possible. Beyond supporting and balancing your body, good posture can:

What’s more, those who consciously work on improving their posture are less likely to experience falls and are less prone to injury as they age.

Here’s how you can improve your posture

When you want to improve your posture, it’s best to take a multidimensional approach to get the best outcomes. First, work on gaining muscle flexibility and strength, especially in the hamstrings. Regular stretching and activities like yoga can improve flexibility and build lean muscle, as well as strengthen your core, another integral aspect to achieving good posture.

You must also become aware of your habits, especially when you’re sitting at a desk or computer. A conscious effort of sitting up straight builds muscle memory and strength. We often help patients make ergonomic changes to their workplace so it’s easier to keep proper posture and alignment. Sometimes adding a small mirror next to where you sit can help you improve your posture. When you look at it, you’ll see yourself slouching and work to sit straighter.

Sometimes, you may need help to restore your posture. At Chicago Chiropractic Center, we offer chiropractic care that can increase the range of motion in your joints and loosen tight, inflexible muscles.

We also recommend at-home exercises that can strengthen your core and increase your flexibility, helping to improve your posture. If needed, we can review your sports stance, ensuring your alignment and form are correct.

It doesn’t matter why your posture is poor. What matters is that you’re ready to start working on improving it and reaping the benefits, including less pain and more mobility. And who doesn’t want that? Give us a call or a click at Chicago Chiropractic Center to find out more.

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