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By Kevin Brown
DC 

Looking to improve your posture?

Back Talk

 

March 5, 2022

Kevin Brown, DC.

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Let's face it, "good posture" is something we all strive for, but it's hard when routine activities throughout everyday life can put a strain on our posture. Things such as stress caused by working from home, fatigued muscles form the latest DIY project, the hours spent sitting slouched over gaming with the squad, and even our shoes, impact our body's ability to achieve and maintain good posture. In fact, they actively work against this goal.

To maintain good posture, you need more than some gimmicky device sold in stores. You need to have balance, muscle flexibility and strength, and normal joint motion throughout the body, particularly the spine. This means you not only need to be aware of general health, nutritional and exercise considerations, you also be able to recognize and take action to correct postural and movement habits at work, home and while on-the-go.

In the sections to follow we hope to educate you on the benefits and risks associated with bad posture, provide a few tips you can take action on today, and extend our hand to help you on your journey to achieving and maintaining good posture.

What is good posture and why is it important?

Good posture is more than just standing tall and looking your best, it's an important part of your overall health and well-being. Posture is simply the body's position and alignment while at rest or in motion. In fact, did you know that there are actually two types of posture? Dynamic and static posture (mind blown, right?).

Dynamic posture is simply our whole body's posture while moving. It's how we walk, run, lift and bend.

Static posture on the other hand is our body's posture while at rest. It's how we sit, stand and lay.

Achieving and maintaining good dynamic and static posture is important because poor posture can have a direct negative impact on our bodies, both physically and mentally. Although back pain is the most commonly associated with poor posture, it's only the tip of the iceberg. Poor posture can also cause or compound:

• Back pain and 

neck pain

• Headaches and 

migraines

• Arthritis

• Digestion problems

• Respiratory issues

• Poor circulation

Like bad posture, good posture can also directly impact our quality of life, but for the better. Some of the many benefits of good posture include:

• Reduced risk of back and neck pain

• Better balance and coordination

• Higher energy levels

• Reduced stress and anxiety

• Optimism and positivity

As a chiropractor I can say with certainty that good posture contributes to overall health. Are you seeking a change in your health? I suggest you add chiropractic care to your routine. I am open Tuesday through Saturday to provide care. You can book online at http://www.KevinBrownChiropractic.com, call or text, you will be glad you did.

 
 

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