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Poor Posture Takes a Toll on Health

If you're feeling sort of tense and achy, it may be because of poor posture.

Problems of Poor Posture

While the media has jumped on warnings about “tech neck” — the neck pain and damage sustained from hunching over smartphones and other devices for too long — you’re actually risking harm to your overall health if any part of your body becomes misaligned.  That’s because, as the American Journal of Pain Management notes, a person’s posture affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to hormonal production.

Yes, you read that right. Every physiological function.

How so? “Our muscles and ligaments routinely work to balance us as we sit, stand, bend and sleep,” explains Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “Over time, however, uneven stress causes the body to adapt and change — subsequently causing aches and pains.”

Many Reasons for Poor Posture

Many factors can contribute to poor posture.  This includes injury, stress, obesity, pregnancy and weak postural muscles. Chiropractors go through a rigorous seven years of higher education.  This training will allow them to expertly provide drug-free, hands-on care that helps strengthen and naturally align the spine.  Chiropractors can also advise and recommend healthy lifestyle habits.

And speaking of habits, in keeping with National Correct Posture Month, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress is out with tips designed to help you develop smart ones regarding posture. Among them:

  • Maintain a neutral spine, meaning chin up and shoulders pulled back.
  • Avoid extended time spent with your head flexed forward.
  • Don’t cross your legs while seated.