You probably spent a good deal of your childhood being lectured about standing and sitting up straight. Well you may have just thought it was a matter proper manners, your posture is actually important for your spinal health. Having proper posture actually will help you to age in better health. So here are my top 3 tips to help you improve your posture:
1. Your Balance
Proper balance is essential to proper posture. Pay attention to your posture while standing. Is your weight evenly distributed? Or is one leg bearing more weight than the other one? Are you standing with your legs crossed (moving your hips out of balance)? If you are unbalanced in your posture your muscles and spine will attempt to compensate for this. Pay attention to your posture while you are standing and sitting and make sure your pelvis is aligned. In addition, seek regular chiropractic care to assure proper balance.
2. Your Alignment
Your balance and your alignment go hand in hand. To be well balanced, you need to have proper alignment. Whether you are sitting or standing your head should be looking straight, your shoulders should be back, and your hips and knees should be straight. In my office, I am constantly seeing patients with what is called a forward head tilt and hunched shoulders. Forward head tilt is caused by the constant use of computers and cell phones. Receiving regular chiropractic care is the best way to ensure proper alignment, and therefore strengthen your posture.
3. Your Activity Levels
Your body craves movement. It was designed to move. Without regular motion your body degenerates. Stretch, exercise, and regular chiropractic care all help to keep your body functioning like a well-oiled machine. So whether it's a walk around the block, a trip to the gym, cross-fit, etc. get moving!
These are my top 3 essentials to proper posture, all of which are clearly pointing you toward getting checked out by a chiropractor. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!