Remember when your mom or dad would always tell you as a kid to, ‘stand up straight’? Believe it or not, your parents were trying to teach a very important and very easy way to maintain a healthy mind and body. Everything, from the way you sit and stand, to the way you sleep and walk are all part of your posture and can make a huge impact on the health of your spine, both negatively and positively.
When you practice correct posture, your body is in complete alignment with itself which can help alleviate moderate to severe health problems such as spine damage, back or neck pain, headaches, and fatigue. If you continually practice poor posture for a long period of time, it can lead to chronic health problems including long term injury to your spine.
How can Poor Posture Affect My Health?
Below are some common serious health risks related to bad posture, which can affect you immediately or in the future.
One of the most common disruptions of life patients tend to experience often are tension headaches. Tension headaches are typically caused by physical stress due to poor posture.
Osteophytes, commonly known as bone spurs, are bony bulges that form around the sides of joint margins. These spurs can be very painful if it begins to run against other bones or nerves.
Slouching commonly affects breathing habits. When you slouch, your lungs and diaphragm become constricted which makes proper breathing difficult.
Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, is the symptom you get when stomach acid escapes up into the esophagus through the valve causing a burning sensation in your throat, stomach, and chest. Heartburn may be corrected by posture changes.
Back and Neck Pain
Your back and neck take a massive amount of stress when you practice poor posture. Poor posture can also constrict the nerves and blood vessels in those areas as well. If poor posture is left uncorrected, these symptoms can become chronic.
We are more than just a Chiropractic office at Caron Chiropractic Clinic. Not only do we care about your pain and symptoms, but we also care a great deal about your overall health and well-being, including your spine. First off, we will establish how posture is affecting your everyday life and the health of your spine. Then, we create a treatment plan tailored around your needs in order to obtain optimal health.
If you have any questions about correct posture, or to schedule an appointment, call Caron Chiropractic Clinic today at 651-255-9999!