The Importance of Posture
Remember when your mother used to nag you about not slouching, about sitting up straight, and about walking in an erect manner? That wasn’t just nagging – it was sound advice which contributed to your health and well-being. These days, it’s even more important, since many of us have been obliged to stay home and avoid socializing like we used to in the past.
That means we might be spending more time slouching on the sofa, or in our favorite living room chair. At the Align Wellness Center in Northbrook, IL, we specialize in helping to restore your good posture, so you can be healthier and happier. Here is why your posture is so important to your overall health, and why you should still strive to follow your mother’s advice.
Your spine must be properly aligned in order for you to have good physical balance, so here’s what is meant by proper alignment. Whether you are standing up or sitting down, your head should be facing forward, with your shoulders thrown slightly back, and your knees and hips should both be straight. At the Align Wellness Center, we often treat patients who have a forward head tilt, or who have hunched shoulders. This kind of development frequently occurs in individuals who make prolonged usage of cellphones and computers, and who sit in awkward positions for hours at a time. When you receive proper chiropractic care, your neck and spine can be in a state of proper alignment, and that will help you to have much better posture.
One of the most important components of good posture is your balance. Every once in a while, you should do some self-checking, and determine whether one of your legs is supporting more weight than the other, or if your weight is evenly distributed on both legs. If you frequently stand up with your legs crossed, that can cause your hips to gravitate toward an out-of-balance position.
If you don’t balance your weight correctly, it will cause your spine and your muscles to work much harder in order to adjust for whatever imbalance has occurred. You should make a conscious effort to be aware of your balance and your posture whether you’re standing or sitting, to make sure that the major bones and muscle groups of your body are properly aligned. If you suspect that your body may be out of balance, you should set up a consultation with us at the Align Wellness Center.
Even on those days that you feel sluggish or lethargic, your body actually needs lots of movement. In fact, your body was designed for consistent and regular movement, and it will only thrive when it has the opportunity to engage in this kind of movement. Without it, the muscles, bones, and tissues of your body will begin to degenerate, and you will lose a significant level of functionality. Chiropractic care can help restore functionality by engaging in specific exercises and stretches, which will stimulate those muscles that require movement and activity to be healthy.
Even if you can’t get to the gym under the current pandemic restrictions, there are plenty of exercises you can do right at home to take up the slack. If you’re not sure about which activities would be appropriate for you, just do a little bit of research online to find out which activities are most beneficial for a person of your age and state of fitness. Keep in mind that your spinal health and posture is extremely important toward maintaining your state of health and well-being. The more aware you are of your posture, the healthier you will be, and the greater will be your state of wellness.