The Importance Of Good Posture For Later Health

by Administrator 19. October 2012 06:32

Posture may be defined as the position which we maintain our body when we sit, stand or lie down. A good posture is the correct alignment of our skeletal structure that is supported by a proper amount of muscle tension. We do not consciously maintain a normal body posture. This work is done by several muscle groups like hamstrings and large back muscles. Along with maintaining a correct posture, these muscles also help to conserve the body balance.
A good posture affects the way we look and has an impact on our general health as well. If we adopt a good posture, it will show positive effects on our physical fitness throughout life. A proper body alignment keeps away any strain or pressure from supporting structures such as bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. This is why we remain relaxed and in a flexible state. A good posture also provides us with enormous energy, less body aches. Sleeping in a correct posture improves the quality of sleep.

Changes in Posture
Our body experiences several postural changes from our everyday habits that are not always beneficial to us and might even be detrimental to our health. These changes are often associated with ageing or prolonged inactivity. Deterioration with age is normal where the cartilages of joints, knees and vertebral discs become less elastic and even stiff. These can however, be improved with proper exercise.

Effects of bad posture
While sitting in front of a computer in a hunched posture, the muscles of your neck, upper back and shoulders tightens and lead to tension headaches. A bad posture also leads to severe kyphosis (hunched back). This often causes torso collapse and effect proper breathing. A poor posture causes muscle strain that lead to severe back pains. A person who develops poor body posture often remains inactive and tired.

Chiropractic care
We can say that posture is the window to the spine. When your spine is out of alignment, it might indicate vertebral subluxation that can only be treated by a chiropractor. The vertebral subluxation is the de-positioning of spinal column that affects the spinal joints and discs. This further causes changes in the proper functioning of nerves and spinal muscles affecting various organs and glands leading to ill health. Chiropractic adjustments restore the alignment of the spine and make it function normally.

We at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness help our patients achieve the correct posture with a series of posture specific chiropractic manipulations, exercises and tractioning procedures.  For more details, you can visit us at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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