Correct posture is a simple but a very important way to keeping the intricate structures on the back and spine healthy. The muscles that support posture elongate and stretch against gravity to do so. The human posture is determined by two factors
- The state of the spine
- The strain and stress that the person faces.
Apart from diseases affecting the spine, bad posture can lead to a lot of spinal problems. Not maintaining a 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 anatomically 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 contribute to back and neck pain as well as headaches, fatigue or in extreme cases causing problems with major organs and breathing.
Poor posture can be caused by habits from everyday activities such as sitting in office chairs, staring at the computer, cradling a cellphone on the ear and shoulder, carrying a bag over the same shoulder, driving, prolonged standing, carrying small children or even sleeping.
Poor posture can easily become second nature, causing aggravating episodes of back, neck pain and damaging structures.
Fortunately, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely within one’s ability to control and are not difficult to change.
The body should be in alignment. If one could drop a plumb line it should drop from the earlobe to the middle of the shoulder to the hip to the knee and the middle of the ankle joint.
Regular exercises and stretching are very important for good posture.
Good posture is absolutely vital while you are exercising. This is called “FORM” You need to practice good form while you are doing weight bearing exercises, cardio and stretching to avoid injury or pain.
If you work out at home or at the gym learn about good form for the exercises that you do. Chiropractors or fitness professionals can advise you about good form for the exercises that you do.
Getting regular chiropractic adjustments can help correct poor posture.
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