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Perfect posture or poor positioning... Which one are you??
Posted on: 08/01/2013 @ 4:05pm
Above are mentioned just a few things that can be affected by poor posture. Did you know that a human head weighs between 8 and 10 pounds?! .... And it represents 8% of the total body mass! In a neutral position, the head feels as though it weighs nothing as the body is perfectly balanced. But for every one inch that the head moves forward, away from a neutral balanced posture, the head feels as though the weight has doubled! This is due to the effects of gravity and the tension stress placed on the neck muscles and cervical spine. If treatment is started before spine decay begins, a person's posture can be corrected.
Posture has been linked to problems from back and joint pain to affecting digestion and even your ability to breathe deeply. Research studies show the truth in what mothers have always known: standing up tall improves our health. Posture is about how your body balances, If we don't balance, we fall down! Our bodies would fall forward without muscles pulling us back. We use our muscles reflexively to balance when we sit, stand, sleep, or work. We are creatures of habit. When we have an injury, our body will move differently to avoid pain. Over time, the body will adapt. Our body will create new habits. The brain adapts and adopts new muscles and joint positions even in the absence of continued pain. We believe we are standing straight because our brain is being told by our senses that we are balanced, even though the mirror shows we are not.
Sitting at a desk, especially a desk with a computer does horrible things to your posture and your health. Bad posture not only makes you look unhappy and unhealthy but it also has real negative impacts on your health. Bad posture causes muscular imbalances that lead to muscle tension, muscle spasms, neck pain, headaches, back pain, pinched nerves, impaired breathing and digestive disorders. Long term exposure to postural stress will also lead to arthritis.
Improving your posture will help you relieve stress on your spine and help you respond quicker to chiropractic treatment.
Improving your posture requires four actions on your part:
1) Get chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis. Chiropractic adjustments will help you maintain full range of motion of your spinal joints which will make you feel better and make your stretches and exercises more effective.
2) Become aware of activities that encourage bad posture and try to make corrections when you catch yourself slouching. Improving your posture depends on reducing or eliminating bad posture whenever possible.
3) Since we are always reaching in front of ourselves the muscles in the front shorten up, pulling our heads and shoulders forward. These muscles need to be stretched.
4) Since we stretch out the muscles of our backs and necks while we are slouching, we need to exercise the muscles in the back in order to pull our shoulders back and lift our heads up.
It’s time to get proactive with posture correction!