Chiropractor in Mount Pleasant, SC

Improving Your Posture to Keep Your Spine Healthy

Bottom Line:

Spending more time on the couch, at your computer, and on your mobile devices has probably
led you to visit Google to search for ways to start improving your posture a time or two.

Those searches have probably also left you wondering… what exactly is posture?

Well, posture is the position that your body maintains while standing, sitting, or lying down.

To put it another way, posture is how you hold your body.

To put it yet another way, posture is the particular stance you have when sitting, standing,
running, walking, sleeping, and even bending over.

Posture is one of those things that we all know we need to work on.

When you slouch in your chair or stand with poor posture, you put extra strain on your joints and
force your muscles to work harder, and that can result in pain.

Take your neck for example.

If you sit with your head’s center of gravity aligned over the spine, your neck muscles need to do
very little work.

However, if you sit with your head tilted forward as you would when checking your email or
social media on your phone or computer, the muscles in your neck take on the extra strain it
takes to hold your head in that position.

That results in a lot of extra work for your neck muscles, and your body has to compensate.
Weakened or unbalanced muscle strength can result in additional stress on your spinal joints.
Over time, the additional stress caused by postural imbalances and tired muscles can lead to
changes in how you move and pain.

Are you experiencing daily, nagging aches and pains?

Take it from us, getting a posture assessment in [your city / town / neighborhood] is a great
place to start.

And there are things you can do from the comfort of your own home as well.
Read on.

Why it Matters:

Improving your posture means making adjustments to keep your spinal curves aligned and your
weight evenly distributed.

Good posture is essential because it helps reduce the stress on your spine and joints, and with
gravity pulling down on you every day, that’s important.

Less stress means your spinal joints and ligaments can move more freely through their full
range of motion.

So, improving your posture can have positive impacts on how well you move and how good you
feel.

What’s more, new research also indicates that maintaining a good or balanced posture can help
you use your muscles more efficiently and prevent fatigue.

Getting a posture assessment in [your city / town / neighborhood] can help you determine the
best ways to start actively improving your posture.

To avoid back pain, your best posture may be one of motion.

Chiropractors often like to say, “motion is lotion” (for your body).
If you sit in one position too long, there are small nerves in your body that will detect the
mounting pressure and send messages to your brain indicating that you’re uncomfortable.
Researchers believe that those signals are our body’s way of telling us to change positions
before we begin to experience pain.

That’s a reason we also like to say pain stands for “pay attention inside now.”

Here, that discomfort you feel is your prompt to move!

Changing positions or using a standing desk can help you start improving your posture and
reduce your risk of experiencing chronic neck and back pain.

And if you’ve been considering investing in a standing desk, get this.
Standing desks have been shown to reduce the recurrence of back pain by over 30% when
compared to sitting at a desk.

Next Steps:
One of the best ways to start improving your posture is not staying in a single position for too
long.

To help relieve and balance the physical stress placed on your body each day, it’s
recommended that you stand and move around frequently.

Changing your position at regular intervals, using a lumbar support when seated, and even
using a standing desk are all ways to reduce fatigue and pain and to actively start improving
your posture.

If you’re having a hard time remembering to move, set a timer on your phone to help you keep
track of the time and develop the habit.

If you tend to sit for long periods, make those reminders to stand.

You could take it a step further and use that time to refill your water bottle to help keep you
hydrated.

Better yet, you could use that time to perform a couple of the postural exercises we showed you
the last time you were in the office or on our social channels.

Different apps can help make your practice easy.

Just figure out what works best for you and do your best to stick to it.

And if you notice you’re not able to move through your body’s full range of motion without pain,
don’t put off getting checked out.

Take 5 minutes to schedule a posture assessment in [your city / town / neighborhood] with us.
By proactively addressing your movement issues today, we can start improving your posture
before those nagging aches and pains set in!

Mount Pleasant Neck & Back is an essential business per guidance from government officials.

As such, our practice is open and we are here to provide essential services to our community. We have increased our cleaning and sanitization procedures, increased time between appointments for social distancing with the goal of only 1 patient in the office at any time, and exceed personal hygiene recommendations. We hope you continue to heed advice from local officials and stay healthy during this unprecedented time.

Call us today at 843-881-7797 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.