Use exercise to help prevent injury and promote good posture. Regular exercise such as walking, swimming, or bicycling will help the body stay aerobically conditioned, while specific strengthening exercises will help the muscles surrounding the back to stay strong. These benefits of exercise promote good posture, which will, in turn, further help to condition muscles and prevent injury. There are also specific exercises that will help maintain good posture. In particular, a balance of trunk strength with back muscles about 30% stronger than abdominal muscles is essential to help support the upper body and maintain good posture.
Good posture is really, really, really important. At Harbor Family Chiropractic, we want to give you the tools you need to keep your spine aligned at all times. Most importantly while you are doing the things you do every day, all day- working, driving, sleeping.
The obvious benefit to having good posture is that you simply look much better. Our bodies are like machines and need to be lined up correctly in order to function properly.
Posture affects how others see you and as you see yourself. It reflects your personality, your confidence, your attitude, your abilities and your health. There is a direct relationship between how you stand, sit and walk, and how you feel.
The effects of poor posture can be serious in terms of health, comfort and efficiency, causing fatigue. If not corrected, poor posture can affect the health and well-being of the individual throughout his or her life. Poor posture contributes to shallow breathing, a cramped chest cavity, faulty digestion, poor elimination; and poor circulation, each of which affects not only the functions of the individual organs, but also the system. Lack of energy and reduced coordination are just two of many symptoms of a body that is not functioning efficiently.
Many postural faults can be helped. Dr. Stacey Gillis at Harbor Family Chiropractic wants to help you with the tools needed to correct your posture and ultimately heal your ailments caused by poor posture. For more information, visit: http://www.costamesachiro.com.
Correct posture is a simple but very important way to keep the many intricate structures in the back and spine healthy. It is much more than cosmetic—good posture and back support are critical to reducing the incidence and levels of back pain and neck pain. Back support is especially important for patients who spend many hours sitting in an office chair or standing throughout the day.
Problems caused by poor back support and posture
Not maintaining good posture and adequate back support can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine. Over time, the stress of poor posture can change the anatomical characteristics of the spine, leading to the possibility of constricted blood vessels and nerves, as well as problems with muscles, discs and joints. All of these can be major contributors to back and neck pain, as well as headaches, fatigue, and possibly even concerns with major organs and breathing.