We know if you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: stand up straight and don’t slouch! As sick and tired as you may be of hearing about the importance of posture, if you don’t take it seriously, you may end up just that – sick and tired! Here’s what you need to know about posture.
Proper balance is an important part of maintaining good posture. Next time you’re standing up, check in with your posture and how you are standing. Is one leg bearing more weight than the other, or is your weight evenly distributed? Are you standing up straight and tall, or are your legs crossed, forcing your hips out of balance? If you aren’t balanced in your posture, your muscles and spine work overtime to compensate. Whether you’re sitting or standing, it’s important to pay attention to your posture and ensure your pelvis is aligned. To help maintain balance, visit us at Shields Chiropractic for an adjustment.
When you think of balance, you probably also think of alignment. In order for your body to be properly balanced, your spine needs to be aligned. Sitting down or standing up, your head should be looking straight ahead with your shoulders back just slightly and your knees and hips straight ahead of you. At Shields Chiropractic, we regularly treat patients with hunched shoulders and forward head tilt. These ailments are both caused by constant use of computers and cell phones, which is only increasing during this time of social distancing. With regular chiropractic care, you can ensure your neck and spine are in proper alignment, which will greatly benefit your posture.
Even if social distancing has you feeling a bit lazier than normal, your body craves movement. In fact, your body was designed to move and without regular motion, it degenerates. Stretches, exercise, and regular chiropractic adjustments will help keep your body functioning well. You may be missing out on your favorite exercise classes given our current situation, but you can still take advantage of plenty of outdoor exercises like walking and cycling or even try free workout programs available online. For suggestions on ways to stay active while practicing social distancing, just ask during your next adjustment.
Spinal health is key to your overall health and wellness, and practicing proper posture is a great way to improve the health of your spine. To learn more about improving the health of your spine, click here to contact your local Saginaw, MI chiropractor.