Having good posture means that we can stand, sit, walk, run, and lie in positions that put a minimal amount of strain on our muscles and ligaments when we are actively using them. When this type of stress is lessened because of good posture, then our likelihood of pain and injury can be reduced. Not only that, but our muscles can begin to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy which results in less muscle fatigue. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. However, when we begin to ignore our posture, not only do we begin to look bad, but we may experience issues that are detrimental to our overall health.
Many parts of our everyday lifestyle can lead us to poorer posture over time. We may slouch and hunch over to look at our phone, computer, or tablet screens. Because of gravity, the further we allow our heads and shoulders to round over our phones, there will be more weight that our spine will have to endure. In an upright, proper position with our ears over our shoulders over our hips, our spine carries just the weight of our head, which is about 10-12 pounds. Dropping your head down 60 degrees to look at your phone and suddenly your spine is carrying the weight of your head with an increased gravitational pull. This can lead to some potential negative effects that your body simply doesn’t need.
Common Effects of Bad Posture
- Back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Poor circulation
- Poor digestion
- Curvature of the spine
- Constricted nerves
- Lower self-esteem/ self-image
Can I correct my posture?
Long-term postural problems will likely take longer to address than short term ones, but most issues related to poor posture can be treated. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing how to correct it is the first step to take when trying to make improvements. Our Duluth chiropractor Dr. Torgrimson may be able to help you get started in the right direction towards proper posture and good health. If you are concerned about your posture, or think you are experiencing any of the issues related to bad posture, then we urge you to schedule an appointment with us. You can contact Associated Chiropractic Physicians at (218) 728-3686, we have over 30 years of chiropractic experience and look forward to helping you!