Is Poor Posture Bad for my Health?
You’ve probably heard a good deal of talk about posture, so you may indeed be wondering – is poor posture bad for my health? The answer is an unequivocal ‘yes’! Poor posture which you may have acquired in your youth can come back to haunt you as an adult, often in the form of back pain which just won’t go away.
In fact, many of the 80 million Americans who will eventually develop back pain can attribute it to poor posture they’ve had their whole lives. However, the situation is not hopeless, because poor posture can be reversed. It will take the expert care of a skilled chiropractor, and some commitment on your part, but if you want to banish that back pain forever, that’s what will be necessary.
How poor posture can affect you
First of all, your appearance will be affected, because you will seem to be slouched over and leaning forward more than you should. You will also appear to be shorter than your actual height, and if you develop poor posture at a young age, you can actually inhibit your growth. Growth plates which are still developing during youth can actually fuse in position and hinder the growth process if you consistently adopt poor posture.
That means you will end up being shorter than you should have been according to your genetic disposition. Any time you engage in persistent slumping or slouching, that will contribute to poor posture and you could develop any or all of these issues:
- increased possibility of injuries
- restriction of the joints
- breathing problems
- shoulder pain
- back pain
- neck pain
- less flexibility
- digestive issues.
Most people will generally lose some height as they grow older, simply because the discs between the vertebrae of your spine will become compressed. However, this situation can be worsened considerably by poor posture, and it will also contribute to your level of pain and discomfort in the process. Just remember that it’s never too late to alter your posture, and to get it close to normal with the help of a skilled chiropractor.
Benefits of chiropractic care
Hands-on chiropractic adjustments can be performed on your joints, so as to resolve any issues which are the result of poor posture. After natural joint function has been restored, it will once again be possible for the body to work as it was intended to, and better posture can be achieved. Of course, this will call for some work on your part as well, otherwise you’ll slip back into the bad habits you’ve always had, and your poor posture will return. Your chiropractor will probably recommend some stretches you can do that will help you to retain good posture throughout the day, while also minimizing the effects of fatigue.
A knowledgeable chiropractor will also point out to you exactly what’s wrong with your posture and what you need to do to improve on it. If necessary, your chiropractor can recommend a healthier diet for you, so it will be possible for you to maintain a more beneficial weight. Exercises that will help your back and your abdomen can be recommended, so you can do these at home to accelerate the process of recovering good posture. Achieving better posture will be the result of collaborating with a skilled chiropractor, and committing to do some things on your own that will help you which accomplish your goals for better posture.
If you or your family have noticed that you posture has declined reach out to us at Thrive Family Chiropractic in Rapid City, SD. We can help you restore your natural posture with non-invasive, all-natural treatment plans. Call us at (605) 718-1038 or fill out our online form.