Maintaining proper posture does more for our bodies than looking like we are standing up straight and looking our best. Correct posture can help boost our self-confidence and have a long-term effect on our overall health. In addition, holding the body properly can help prevent injuries, pain, and other health-related issues. A chiropractor on our team at Bluegrass Chiro serving Winchester, KY, and Elizabethtown, KY, can help improve your overall posture and help care for other musculoskeletal conditions using noninvasive and drug-free treatment plans.
Below are some frequently asked questions about posture and living a healthy lifestyle:
What is posture?
Essentially, posture is the term used for how we hold our bodies. There are two main types of posture - dynamic posture and static posture. Dynamic posture is how the body is held while moving, such as bending over, running, or walking. Static posture is the term used to reference posture when a person is not moving, such as sitting or sleeping. Good posture helps maintain the curves of the body at the lower back, mid-back, and neck. Proper posture has the head held above the shoulder and the top of the shoulders over the hips.
How can posture affect my health?
Poor posture can negatively affect your health, causing a misalignment of the musculoskeletal system. Poor posture can cause neck, back, and shoulder pain, making it more challenging to move your joints. Some people with poor posture develop digestive problems and have trouble breathing. It is not uncommon to experience the feeling of being off balance due to your posture, which puts you at a higher risk of falling.
How can I improve my posture?
Being mindful of how you hold your body daily, especially when watching television, walking, sitting, or washing dishes, can help improve your posture. Staying active and doing exercises and stretches to help your posture can significantly help. Maintaining a healthy weight can help keep abdominal muscles strong and reduce problems with the spine and pelvis.
Visit Us for More Information
If you struggle to maintain proper posture throughout the day or have questions about posture, it may be best to speak with a chiropractor. A chiropractor on our team can help treat your back pain, offer suggestions on posture, and provide any health and wellness advice. Call us to schedule an appointment at Bluegrass Chiro in (859) 355-5100 Winchester, KY, and (270) 900-4030 Elizabethtown, KY, and learn how chiropractic care can help with your posture.