What’s The Connection Between Posture And Back Pain?

There’s a reason why you should always do your best to sit up straight, and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with having good manners. Proper posture can have a much stronger impact on your overall health than you may realize, considering that it has been scientifically linked with better mood, less injuries and illness, and improved resistance to pain as well.

You may still be wondering about the link between a person’s posture and the presence, or lack of, back pain, which is why it’s fortunate that scientists and healthcare experts have been able to uncover so much information on the matter.

More people are beginning to turn to chiropractic to help them with their posture and back pain issues. Maintaining good posture, thus maintaining overall back and spinal health, is invaluable. Chiropractic care can help.

At the heart of the matter, poor posture causes a great amount of strain to be placed on the spine and the muscles in the back because this area of the body is not being supported properly. As a result of the strain the back experiences, pressure is misdirected to other areas of the body which must take on abnormal amounts of pressure. This can cause pain and discomfort to radiate throughout the neck, hips, thighs, and feet. 

If you want to check whether your posture is proper or not, perform this simple test: Stand against a wall with the back of your heels pressed against the wall. Your head, shoulder blades, and hips should be touching the wall. If any other parts of your body are making contact with the wall, or you have to strain to put your body in the right position described above, your posture may be causing quite a few of your health issues, including back pain. Make sure you are always reminding yourself to roll your shoulders back and lift your chin up. You may want to set alarms or write sticky notes to remind yourself in the beginning, until correcting your own posture becomes second nature to you.

Visiting a chiropractor on a regular basis can also help improve your posture. Adjustments performed on the spinal column can relieve strain and pressure that was being transferred to other areas of the body, and make it easier to retain proper posture.

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