We’ve all heard that good posture is important, but not everyone can explain why. If you’re guilty of slouching or hunching, learning more about the benefits of a neutral spine may be the motivation you need to practice better posture.
Good posture is the effort of placing your body in a “neutral” position so that your pelvis, trunk, and head are in their optimal position to work effectively and efficiently.
Here are six benefits of maintaining good posture:
1- Better Breathing:
Research shows that poor posture negatively affects your ability to breathe deeply and fill your lungs. Slouching shortens the muscles at the front of your body and reduces your ability to breathe fully. Standing up tall may actually improve your ability to bring in good old oxygen by as much as 30%.
2- Relieves Back Pain :
Your body is designed to stand in a “neutral” position in which your pelvis, head, and torso are in a stacked position. Forward head, tilted hips, and overly curved spines put stress on muscles in ways they aren’t designed to endure. And, over the long term, this stress causes back pain. When you have good posture, you use the muscles that support your spine properly plus, the bones, joints, ligaments, and other connective tissue also all cooperate to keep the entirety of your back feeling less strained and stressed. Standing and sitting with good posture use your muscles in the way they were designed, so your body especially your back feels better.
3- Optimal digestion:
When you have good posture, your internal organs align well. That means less compression on your stomach, intestines, and liver, facilitating the free flow of food and digestive juices. A slouched posture inhibits the normal activity of your gastrointestinal system, which makes you vulnerable to digestive distress including constipation and GERD.
4- Reduced headaches:
Dropping your head and dropping your shoulders can create unnecessary tension that contributes to headaches. Research shows that people who have a posture featuring a forward head tend to have more headaches, and they last longer than people who have good posture.
5- Boosted energy:
Slouching takes work. Your muscles have to work harder when they’re in an unnatural position, which makes them fatigue faster. With good posture, you don’t waste energy as your muscles are being used efficiently.
6- Improved Appearance and Self Confidence:
Bad posture just looks bad. Slumped shoulders give you the appearance of depression and a lack of confidence. A swayed back can make it look like you’re a few pounds heavier. And a bowed neck makes you look frumpy. Models, movie stars, and famous politicians all maintain a good posture because they understand that it portrays power and confidence while also presenting your body to its best advantage. Plus, good posture can add an inch or more to your height.
Practicing proper posture can bring about a world of change, and chiropractic can help you achieve alignment. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help put your body in balance and support good posture. Here in Blue Tree Clinics, we offer chiropractic care to keep your spine aligned, while also offering tips and exercises to improve good posture. Kindly visit our website www.bluetreeclinics.com to learn more about how we can help you.
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