Poor posture can lead to back pain, neck pain, and decreased quality of life. Practicing good posture supports the spine and maintains its strength and stability. Slouching means the body has to work harder to keep your balance, which can negatively impact muscles and ligaments, and can cause headaches, tiredness, or general pain.
A healthy back has three natural curves. The forward curve at the neck is called the cervical curve, the outward curve in the upper back is called the thoracic curve, and the inward curve of the lower back is the lumbar curve. Poor posture and genetic disposition can lead to numerous spinal defects, including scoliosis, kyphosis, or swayback. To maintain the health of your spine by practicing good posture, try these tips:
- Hold your chest high
- Keep your shoulders back and relaxed
- Pull in your core muscles – your abdomen and buttocks
- Balance your weight evenly on both feet, which should be shoulder-width apart.
Health Star Chiropractic treats the symptoms and cause of poor posture through chiropractic adjustment and lifestyle suggestions. For more information on chiropractic treatment of back pain or symptoms, contact the chiropractors at Health Star. They are currently treating patients in the Montgomery, Millbrook, and Prattville communities.
Source: The Mayo Clinic