You probably heard it repeatedly as a child “Sit up straight!” “Stop slouching!” Chances are it became more of an annoyance than a life lesson. It may be time to re-examine these important statements because your health may depend on it.
Why Good Posture Matters?
Good posture matters, but before we look into the reasons why, it’s critical to understand what it refers to. Posture references to the body’s alignment with respect to gravity while sitting, standing or lying down. Good posture means redistributing the way gravity puts force on the body so no one structure (joint, ligament, muscle, etc.) is overstressed.
At first, good posture requires work, but in the long run it can become second nature. Chiropractors make it their mission to examine their patients’ posture and to find ways to make it better. In a perfect posture, the spine should have no lateral curvature and the legs should be symmetrical without unnecessary angulations of the knees or ankles when looking from the back. From the side, think of anatomy class spine models. The spine should form an S-curve that allow gravity to be centered and evenly distributed throughout the body with minimal muscular effort.
Many individuals sit for a living, it is where good posture matters most (think: driving, working at a computer, eating dinner, watching television, etc.). It’s easy to become accustomed to allowing the head and neck to angle forward while concentrating on something in front of us like a computer, paperwork, cellphones, and many other things. This causes imbalance and can lead to long-term pain and even injury. To reverse this, practice sitting in straight-backed chairs with a small pillow in the lower back’s arch. This forces you to straighten up and to work on keeping your head more centered above your spine, while maintaining the optimal S-curve (mentioned above). Once you’ve mastered sitting, practice good posture while standing as well, with your neck straight and shoulders back, the rest of your body will follow suit.
That is where Chiropractic really comes into play. Getting adjusted and aligned our bodies can naturally have better posture. Reducing the amount of poor posture will help your overall health. Good posture matters, it’s the foundation for a healthy body free of undue stress, pain and fatigue.
Your spinal column provides range of motion in three directions (forward and backward, side-to-side, and rotation) and protects the spinal cord which provides the lifelines from your brain to your entire body. Both of these functions are critical to ensuring continuous health and wellness. Dr. Zurek performs chiropractic spinal screening exams in Omaha, NE to analyze your spine to identify regions of limited mobility and detect the presence of nerve interference.
We understand that everyone responds differently to different adjustments, that is why Dr. Zurek has a wide range of knowledge of different techniques that can be used through chiropractic care. He utilizes specific chiropractic techniques that allow your body to rest and absorb an adjustment, so you can recover and feel better faster. Zurek Chiropractic is passionate about investing in the health and wellness of every patient.