• Dr. Nicole Knapp

How's Your Posture?

Good posture is essential for good health. Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground. Posture also affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to hormonal production. And, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, ½ of computer users have posture-related back pain. Of those, 67% report having neck and shoulder pain, 40% have low back pain and 29% report wrist pain.

Maintaining proper posture, or correct alignment of the body, is a key contributor to healthy living. By improving posture, symmetry and balance, individuals can reduce the risk of recurrent flare-ups, prevent injuries and maintain peak performance.

Many factors can contribute to poor posture, including stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, decreased flexibility, and improper body positioning. Chiropractors are specifically trained to provide hands-on care that helps to naturally align and strengthen the spine, as well as counsel patients about healthy lifestyle habits. Chiropractors can also help correct poor postural habits and suggest appropriate techniques that aid in the improvement of proper body mechanics and overall health.

Here are some recommended habits for good posture:

Keep a neutral spine – head up and shoulders pulled back

Avoid forward flexing of the head for extended periods of time

Consult a Dr. Nicole for advice on proper postural habits, as well as hands-on care to support spinal alignment and strengthening

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