Remember the health checkups we used to have in our primary school days? Many of our friends (and perhaps yourself) would have heard the nurse tell us that our backs were slightly slanted towards either side and that we should stop slouching and start sitting upright in and outside of school. But let’s face it – none of us took their advice seriously. And that is one of the many reasons as to why our backs ache every now and then. Here is one question that leads to our discussion at hand today: how is your posture like at the moment? Chances are that you are most probably still slouching, a posture not unbeknownst to us all.
A combination of intrinsic factors such as our responses, reflexes, habits and extrinsic factors such as our work environment and gravity all play a part in the postures we uphold in our daily lives. As most of us are desk-bound in the office, all that screen time can lead to an imbalanced and challenged posture as a result of ergonomics. This imbalance will eventually lead to the ‘forward head posture’ which can cause pain to our necks and backs over time.
Forward Head Posture
Another modern ailment we see nowadays is called the ‘tech neck’, which is the position we hold our heads in whilst using our smartphones and tablets, and involves a flexed head and neck position.
What is a good posture and why is it important to maintain it?
A good posture is defined as one that minimizes stress on our spine by balancing the load placed upon our muscles and ligaments that support it. It helps us keep our spinal curves aligned and distributes our weight evenly as well. However, this does not mean that we should always stay in the same position even if we find it comfortable. Changing positions occasionally or using a standing desk at work can aid us in improving our postures and reduce the occurrences of neck and back pains.
Not only does maintaining a good posture help to minimize bodily pains, it is also proven to have an overwhelming effect on our energy levels, hormone releases and overall productivity as well. A slouchy posture more often than not makes us feel lethargic and unmotivated. A good posture on the other hand helps improve productivity in and outside of work and also makes our body feel revitalized. It is also shown to improve our emotions, moods and thoughts.
How will I benefit from Chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a crucial step in the diagnosis and treatment of poor posture and rounded shoulders. One of the most vital steps towards your improved wellbeing in the future is a good management plan that can provide you with the right exercises needed to strengthen your muscles, so that your posture remains appropriately positioned and minimizes your chances of regressing to old habits again. Speak to our chiropractors today to find out how to improve your posture and maintain that optimal comfort in your daily life.