Good posture is important for your health and wellness. Dr. Jeremiah Carlson of Jacksonville Chiropractic and Acupuncture actively educates patients on the benefits of good posture.
Many factors cause poor posture, including developing a bad habit of slouching. Frequently, factors such as a workstation improperly positioned or bending over your phone while using it can contribute to poor posture.
Health conditions sometimes make good posture difficult. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. An inflammatory disease known as ankylosing spondylitis can cause bones in the spine to fuse, resulting in posture problems.
Normal spinal alignment that is the hallmark of good posture is not a rigid line. Your head should be positioned above your shoulders, with shoulders centered over your hips. The majority of your weight should naturally fall on the balls of your feet.
Proper posture is important to support the cervical spine, the thoracic spine, and the lumbar spine. These three areas form three natural curves and you want to stress the areas as little as possible.
What Steps Can You Take to Improve Your Posture?
Dr. Carlson believes in total body wellness care and offers useful health and fitness techniques patients can do to proactively support good posture.
Awareness is an important step in maintaining good posture. Keeping in mind how you are positioning yourself can break old habits and support your body’s alignment. Checking your posture in the mirror will remind you of the correct positioning.
Strengthening your core is important for good posture. The muscles in your trunk and pelvis, in conjunction with your back and hip muscles, provide spinal stability. Weak core muscles make it difficult to maintain proper posture.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Posture
Your chiropractor will evaluate your posture, check for imbalances, joint dysfunctions, and any abnormalities. Chiropractic adjustments can correct issues, improving range of motion and restoring the joints to health.
Often chiropractic treatments help posture improve by eliminating postural problems. Dr. Carlson may suggest exercises for you to perform at home to strengthen your muscles in between your chiropractic visits.
Great posture not only helps you feel more confident, it can increase your energy, reduce aches and pains, and improve your digestion. If you have concerns about your posture, a chiropractic evaluation is important. Contact Dr. Jeremiah Carlson at Jacksonville Chiropractic and Acupuncture for an assessment.