In a recent post, we discussed why having good posture is important for your health, well-being, and longevity. Practicing good form and keeping your spine in alignment often results in healthier joints and ligaments, higher energy levels, improved circulation and digestion, stronger core and back muscles, increased lung capacity, improved self-confidence, and of course, reduced neck and back pain.
With all those health benefits in mind, who wouldn’t want great posture? Unfortunately, for many, practicing good posture is easier said than done.
In today’s post, our chiropractic care team at William’s Chiropractic shares some simple ways to correct bad posture. Read on to learn more, and if you’re seeking chiropractic adjustments or neck and back pain treatments in Clemmons, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Why Is Bad Posture Hard to Fix?
Bad posture is a tricky beast to conquer, since it often requires adjustments across every aspect of life. Posture is ever-present and dichotomous by nature; at every moment of our lives, we are all always practicing either good or bad posture. There is no escaping or ignoring it, no crossing it off a to-do list. Because of this, correcting poor posture often requires deep lifestyle changes, strict consistency, and a sustained level of awareness and effort to transform our very muscle memory.
This is perhaps why many people struggle to improve their posture, even though they know it is important. One of the benefits of chiropractic care is that is makes people more aware of their bodies and how to care for them, thus making them more likely to be intentional about their posture.
If you want to take some easy steps to improve your own posture, there are a few simple ways to begin. Getting started is the hardest part — good posture gets much easier over time, as your core muscles get stronger and you develop new muscle memory. It’s all about creating new, healthy habits throughout your life.
Here are some starting points to consider:
Take Stock of the Problem
The first (and for many, the hardest) step is simply increasing your awareness of your body and your posture day-to-day. Take a look at yourself in the mirror, standing as you normally do. Are you slouching? Is your chin pushed forward? Are your palms facing backward when your arms hang at your sides? These are all indications of poor posture.
Likewise, if you have to sit for long stretches at work, think about the way you’re sitting at your desk. Are you slumped back in your chair, or forward over your desk? Are your legs crossed for long periods of time?
Simply taking stock of your current posture will help you take steps to improve.
Use Tricks to Help You Improve
Once you’ve cultivated a higher awareness of your posture, you can start to actively correct it. Visualization is an easy way to learn and improve. When you are walking or standing, imagine that you are balancing a book on your head, or that there is a string pulling from the top of your head to the ceiling and holding you up straight.
If you tend to slouch, have someone tape an “X” on your back (with skin-friendly medical tape) while you are standing up straight. Wear this under your clothing throughout the day. The tape will tug when you begin to slip into a slouch, keeping good posture at the forefront of your mind.
If you sit at a desk for work, you can also set periodic alarms on your phone to remind you to stand up and stretch or take a walk.
Optimize Your Spaces
Help yourself out by making sure that the places you spend most of your time are optimized to support good posture habits.
- At the office: make sure your chair offers good lumbar support, and if it does not, consider investing in a lumbar pillow to place behind your lower back and support your spine. Set phone reminders to stand up and stretch once an hour.
- In bed: use a mattress that does not sink too deeply; it should be firm enough to support your spine. Check out our post “The Best Sleeping Positions for Your Back” to learn more!
- In the car: adjust the headrest so that the middle of your head rests comfortably against it, and adjust your chair so that your knees are at the same level as (or slightly above) your hips, and you’re a comfortable distance from the steering wheel.
Strengthen Your Core and Stretch Often
Finally, use regular exercise to help train the right “posture” muscles in your body. This primarily translates to your core and back, so incorporate workouts that target those areas. (Make sure to avoid some common exercise mistakes that can hurt your back.)
Additionally, take up regular stretching or yoga to keep your joints in peak condition. Healthy joints and muscles are important components of good, comfortable posture.
Find Chiropractic Care in Clemmons
If you have more questions about how to maintain a healthy back, or you are seeking neck pain treatment, lower back pain treatment, or other pain management options, then visit Williams Chiropractic in Clemmons today! Our chiropractors can help you build healthy habits that will improve your posture and protect your spine for years to come.
Contact us now to schedule your appointment.