5 Ways to Build Better Posture
Posture and alignment problems are becoming an increasing issue in our modern society. People of all ages are suffering from “text neck” and other related spinal issues because of the slouching and poor posture when using the computer or a mobile device.
Maintaining a good posture is essential to maintaining good body function, and it plays an integral part in protecting the health of your spine. If the spine is restricted, then it has a domino effect on how messages are transmitted through the body. Plus, other body functions can be disrupted because of the way poor posture puts pressure on the spine – often resulting in chronic pain.
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5 Tips to Improve Your Posture
Many people find that correct posture feels unnatural and uncomfortable. But with a little bit of practice, you can make incremental changes that will have life-long results for improving your health. Here are a few tips to help:
- Identify Bad Habits: The first step to correcting your posture issues is to identify what is causing these problems in the first place. Pay attention to seemingly small habits throughout the day that could be putting pressure on your spine. This awareness can help you shift these habits to protect your spine. Common problems including sitting with hunched shoulders, always crossing your legs, wearing high heels, carrying a baby (or other heavy items) on the same side of the body, or tilting your head to hold a phone with your shoulder.
- Strengthen the Muscles: A strong core and back muscles can improve your posture and hold the spine in the right position. Work on bodyweight exercises that strengthen these muscles. Use the proper form while exercising, which can sculpt the body and help you feel more comfortable in the right posture.
- Stretching the Neck and Shoulders: Stress and poor posture can result in chronically tight muscles in the neck and shoulders. Take a few minutes each day to roll the shoulders, stretch the muscles, and gently work on flexibility in your neck. Try stretching for 15 minutes before bed each night to help you relax before sleeping. Talk to a chiropractor for personalized stretching recommendations that address your unique needs.
- Manage Screen Time: Limit the time you spend using technology. Hunching over a cell phone or laptop puts unnecessary pressure on the spine. If you must sit at a computer for work, be proactive about using tools that support your ergonomics – such as a computer stand to elevate the level of the screen. Some people also find it helpful to have a height-adjustable desk that enables different positions for sitting and standing.
- Adjust Your Sleep Position: How is your body positioned for 8 hours each night when you are sleeping? It’s possible that your sleep position could be putting unnecessary pressure on your spine. Investing in a quality mattress is a good place to start. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, and make sure you have the right pillow to maintain a neutral neck position.
A chiropractor can help with your personalized posture assessment, showing how your bad habits are contributing to your posture. Chiropractic adjustments can be beneficial to improve the alignment of the spine, which has a positive impact on many aspects of your life.
For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Todd and the team at Back On Track 2 Wellness: (916) 782-3141.
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Dr. Todd W. Bunning, DC, PC
Dr. Todd W. Bunning’s chiropractic and functional medicine services reach far beyond the local Roseville area, with webcam consultations available for patients in any location. With 17 years of Private Practice experience, Dr. Todd continues to focus on the individual: science-based methods to address whole-body health factors.
Dr. Todd’s education didn’t stop when he graduated from Life West Chiropractic College in 2003. Today, he’s continuing to receive training and is chipping away on numerous post-graduate degree programs. This unique blend of clinical health investigation and Lifestyle Medicine application helps people of all ages find the underlying factors that result in chronic disease.