Friday, May 13, 2011

Improve Your Posture to Improve Your Health


Ever try balancing a book on your head (for more than a second)? To do it, you need more than just patience; you need good posture.

Back when the Earth was home to Neanderthals, posture wasn't really that high on the list of health priorities. At that time, it’s safe to assume finding food, surviving the seasons and generally avoiding death was considerably more important. But this is the21st century and we can should consider our health a precious commodity. Unfortunately, for many of us, maintaining (or achieving) good posture is still somewhat low on the “To Do“ list.

Why is good posture so important? It's pretty simple. When the spine is properly aligned with its natural curves and the entire body – from the ears to the shoulders to the hips, knees and down to the ankles and feet – is in balance, we maximize spinal health and avoid the problems that arise from poor posture. Ideal posture creates ideal balance; it also optimizes breathing and circulation. That sounds like a good idea, right?

May is National Correct Posture Month, so we thought it was high time to get you out of your slumped, bent-back, round-shoulders position that is likely all too common if you work at a computer, have to drive long distances every day, spend too much time texting or checking e-mail on your cell phone (who doesn't these days?), or engage in any of the countless activities that put your back, neck and spine at risk courtesy of poor posture. It's time to stand tall, walk tall and improve your spinal health, all at the same time!

StraightenUpAmerica.org has a list of great (and easy) Posture exercises that you can find here!

One of the earliest tests of the StraightenUpAmerica program proved quite encouraging: After five weeks of daily practice of "Straighten Up" exercises, more than 80 percent of participants reported improved posture; just under 80 percent said they had strengthened their core muscles; and 80 percent reported that after performing the exercises, they now sat and stood more upright, and their backs felt more comfortable in that position.

If you would like more information or direction on ways to improve your posture, schedule an appointment with us!

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