The beginning of a New Year is exciting for many reasons. It can be a reflective time to reminisce on the good (or the bad) from the year before and a time to set new goals for the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions are about reviving your motivation to hit the ground running and striving to be your best in the year to come. Many strive to eat healthier, lose weight, or spend more time with family and friends. All are great ways to better your life, happiness, and confidence, but if you’re looking to add a more unique and concrete resolution to your list, you may consider working towards better posture in 2018.
Why Should I be Concerned with Posture?
Maybe you’re asking, “Why does my posture matter?” The truth is, there are 100 different reasons your posture matters. To keep it simple, remember that your neck and spine are two of the most important body parts in regards to mobility. By protecting your spine and neck from injury, you also protect the function of the rest of your body.
Posture correction and treatment alleviates back and neck pain, and decreases your chances of experiencing the negative side effects that come along with bad posture. These effects include (but are not limited to): increased depression, digestive tract problems, decreased confidence, and increased stress levels.
How can I Improve My Posture?
Your next question may be, “Well, where do I start?” If you’re asking this question, you have come to the right place! First, it is important to know just what is causing your posture to progressively worsen. Just like the list of reasons your posture is important, many of your daily activities could be harming your posture, but we will focus on 3 that many people struggle with:
1. Prolonged sitting at work - Hour after hour and day after day, you sit at your desk and your spine is screaming, “WHY?!” Sitting for long periods of time causes undue stress on your lower back and spine. It is important to get up every couple hours, stretch, or take a walk to get your body moving.
2. “Text Neck” - This term is used to describe the negative effect texting (or using your phone in general) has on your neck. By constantly looking down (or to the side while talking on the phone), you develop a curve in your neck that is likely to cause other problems in addition to bad posture.
3. Stress -Your reaction to stress has a major effect on your posture. Many people are prone to “creeping shoulders” when they find themselves in a stressful situation. This unnatural position of the shoulders negatively affects your posture as well.
By addressing the causing factors, we’re able to accurately pinpoint how to correct and prevent bad posture. In many cases, minor lifestyle modifications can help such as, sitting and standing up straight, sleep, exercise, and chiropractic intervention, which may be in the form of soft tissue work, adjustments, exercises, or lifestyle modification recommendations. The important thing is to be aware. If you are constantly aware of your posture, correction will be much more successful.
No matter the cause, bad posture is treatable, and you are sure to feel a difference once action is taken. If you are interested in making bad posture a problem of your past, call our office to schedule an appointment. We are here to help see your 2018 New Year’s resolution through.