• Dr. Nicole Knapp

What Does Your Posture Say About Your Health?

Ever notice when you’re walking past a mirror or sitting at your desk that you happen to be slouching? I catch myself slouching more than once a day sometimes. Slumping forward can lead to a loss of function and even deformity in the spine. Back pain can be

one of the side effects of bad posture, not only that but an excellent posture looks better than slouching forward, doesn’t it? (Did you straighten up thinking about it?)

A healthy spine has three curves; in your neck, in your upper-to-mid-back, and your lower back. Slumping forward causes the curvature in your neck to straighten which can cause neck/back pain, stressed and overworked muscles, impair digestion, and even affect your cardiovascular health by putting pressure on your heart and lungs. It impairs circulation, making it harder for your heart to do its job correctly, reducing the oxygen that gets to your blood and tissue. Poor circulation can lead to pressure on the veins in your body, leading to discomfort, restlessness, and even pain.

An adequately positioned spine can help your body function and move the way it is

meant to. Remember, your body is intended to work at optimum levels! Visiting your

chiropractor to help realign the spine to the correct curvature can help your spinal health

improve. Research has even shown that with the spine adequately positioned, it enhances the functionality of your body making it easier to move around without falls. Chiropractic keeps bones and joints in the correct position, helps prevent any additional wear and tear on joint surfaces, reduces strain on ligaments, prevents fixed spinal abnormalities, prevents fatigue from inefficient use of muscles, and prevents back pain and muscle pain.

Correct sitting position begins with keep your back straight, your shoulders back and

your buttocks touching the back of your chair. If possible, keep your feet flat on the floor

and lean back, so your back is flush with the chair’s support. You can use a small rolled

up towel or lumbar roll to help maintain the correct curvature of your back.

Techniques to try:

• At your desk, adjust your chair height so that you can sit closer to your work without

having to tilt or lean forward.

• If you use a chair that rolls and pivots, don’t twist at the waist while sitting. Turn your

whole body.

• Avoid bending forward when you stand from a chair.

• Try to distribute your weight on both hips evenly.

• Keep feet flat on the floor.

• Try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes at a time. Get up

and stretch!

• Don’t cross your legs!

• For sitting in a car, move the seat closer to the steering wheel to support the curve of

your spine. The chair should be close enough to allow knees to bend and feet to reach the


There are so many techniques you can use daily to keep your spine healthy and your posture perfect. Ask for a standing-from-a-chair-demonstration when you come in for your next appointment! If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Nicole at


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