Good posture is more than just a practiced habit—it shows fitness of the muscles of the body that support the spine and skeleton so that they are stable and in proper alignment. The way we stand or sit while we are still and the way we move when performing various activities are a result of our posture. On the other hand, poor posture can be a sign of other issues and can lead to a host of problems as we age. Here’s what you need to know about bad posture and how chiropractic posture therapy can help correct the problem.
Poor posture may be a bad habit while we are young, but as we age, it is often a sign of something worse. Poor posture can lead to pain, weakness and damage of the body, chronic discomfort, and depression. The truth is that as we age, our bodies break down. Our muscles don’t function as well as they used to and our joints get weaker. This combination of problems in the muscles, joints, and nerves result in poor posture. Here are some additional causes of poor posture.
Accidents, such as vehicle collisions or sports-related injuries, can cause trauma to the spine. The forced movement of the head and neck during whiplash may not initially cause pain but after a few days, the injury may become unbearable. Neck and back pain, as well as exhaustion are some common symptoms of whiplash that can lead to pain and bad posture.
Spending too much time on laptops, tablets, and phones can also contribute to excessive slouching. Most people need to lower their heads to look at their mobile devices, which puts stress on the spine. Since most people use their devices for several hours at a time each day, the stress on the spine can cause bigger issues if not treated.
Stress can cause people to spend extended time in slumped positions. Slouching and sitting in certain ways can alter the level of cortisol and testosterone in the body and lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, and back.
Carrying extra weight can cause our bodies to hunch over and lower towards the ground. Our knees, back, and neck can actually bend under the load of our bodies when we are in poor shape. People who are overweight also have problems with their posture because their bones and muscles are not strong enough to support themselves. When the midsection, especially, has extra weight, the pelvis reactively pushes forward to add balance to the body, causing strain on the lower back.
Chiropractic therapy is often the first option people consider when dealing with their poor posture. Along with exercise and the development of good physical habits, chiropractic care can help strengthen the muscles and joints that support our bodies. During your chiropractic appointment, our specialists will ask questions and perform evaluations to understand the root cause of the pain. You will be provided a customized treatment plan based on your symptoms and goals. You may also be prescribed exercises that you can work on at home.
At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to treat your chronic pain, physical health conditions, and injuries. We serve clients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill/Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our clients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your first chiropractic consultation and treatment.
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