Ask any doctor of chiropractic about the top causes of back and neck pain and joint stiffness, and any one of them will more than likely tell you that poor posture is always one of the most common complaints of many of their patients, regardless of their individual health problems and issues. Poor posture can wreak havoc on many different parts of the body, no matter how ridiculous or unlikely it sounds.
What’s even worse news for our society is that, since we are becoming more and more attached to and reliant on our electronic devices, our posture is collectively getting worse over time. This is because of all the strain we put on our necks, shoulders, and backs as we look down at our cellphones, or hunch over at a desk to type up some reports for work.
The next time you find yourself in front of an electronic device, notice how your body has morphed into an unnatural position in order to compensate for the small screen you are looking at and working on. It really does take its toll on your body. As I learned from an informative article by U.S. News Health, pain in the neck, back, and joints is just one of many health concerns that poor posture is the cause of.
As for physical health issues, slouching can lead to weakened muscles over time. Poor posture can also cut off the flow of oxygen to vital organs such as your lungs. This often leads to a weakened immune system, mental fogginess, and general fatigue of the body and the mind. Simply sit up straight to get the oxygen flowing adequately throughout your body and your brain. After all, slouching and poor posture can also have a negative impact on your mental health, since slouching has been associated with negative moods and even depression.
Fortunately, there are some simple tricks and exercises that can improve your posture quickly. First, you will want to take the time to create a more ergonomically appropriate work station by using a chair with lumbar support. Also remember to take frequent breaks from sitting or standing in one position for too long; take a quick lap around the office or your house just to loosen up your muscles and joints. If you catch yourself slouching while sitting down, remember to bring your shoulder blades back and into each other.
Finally, you may want to see a chiropractor if you feel that your posture is really impacting your health in a negative way. You and your chiropractor can work together to find a natural and effective treatment plan that works best for you and your health needs.
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