Your posture can play a key role in improving your overall health. You may not think about it very often, but your posture keeps your spine intact as you move throughout your life. Your spine helps you to stand and supports your entire frame.
But you may not know about all the factors that affect your posture. You might need additional help to position your posture correctly. The providers at Nutura Clinic in Portland, Oregon, explain more about how to create proper posture.
How posture can affect your health
If you have poor posture, it can affect every aspect of your health. Many of the ways poor posture impacts your well-being may seem somewhat surprising, including:
- Misaligning your musculoskeletal system
- Wearing away your spine, causing back pain and making it more prone to injury
- Causing pain in your back, shoulders, and neck
- Decreasing your flexibility
- Affecting how freely your joints move
- Impacting your balance, making you more prone to a fall
- Making digestion more difficult
- Making it harder to breathe
If your posture is poor, you may not even realize it. But you will definitely feel the effects of it.
How to improve your posture
If you have poor posture, you can take steps to improve it right away. The first thing you should do is make an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment.
When you get a chiropractic adjustment, your provider first asks questions about your general health. They may ask where you’re currently experiencing pain so they can target the best techniques to provide you with relief. This appointment may also include X-rays to determine where the discs in your back are misaligned.
Things you can do at home
Maintaining proper posture requires constant attention. A chiropractic adjustment is the first step to creating proper posture, but you must be mindful of your posture the rest of the time as well.
Some of the things you can do to maintain proper posture at home include the following:
- Remain active — regular exercise can help your posture in many ways
- Maintain a healthy weight — extra weight can weaken your core muscles
- Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes
- Make sure your working environment is ergonomic
If your job requires you to sit behind a desk for long periods, you’ll want to be sure your workstation is set at a height where everything is comfortably within reach.
Benefits of proper posture
The benefits of proper posture can help you feel better in so many ways. Some of the benefits include:
- Easier breathing
- Improved energy levels
- Better focus on tasks
- Less frequent headaches
- Reduced risk of injury
- Improved productivity
Be mindful of your posture as you go throughout your day. Make sure to take frequent breaks if your job requires you to sit for most of the day. Get up at regular intervals and stretch or take a brief walk around.
If you have back problems, frequent headaches, or general aches and pains that don’t seem right, you might benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. Contact the providers at Nutura Clinic today by calling our office or requesting an appointment online.