Good posture is your back’s best friend. When you maintain a healthy posture, your spine is in strong and stable alignment, but when you let your posture slip into a stoop or slouch, your muscles and ligaments have to work overtime to keep you in balance. This added physical stress can lead to back pain, back strain, headaches, and a host of other ailments.
Your healthy back has three natural curves, and maintaining good posture helps to support these important curves. Putting effort into maintaining your back’s natural curves helps to prevent the physical strain of bad posture.
What Constitutes Good Posture?
Although you probably think good posture should feel natural right away, you may actually feel quite unnatural and even wooden as you work to make improvements in your posture. But with time and consistent effort, your improved posture will begin to feel more like your own natural posture. When it comes to achieving good posture, there are several key elements to focus on; they include:
· Standing tall with your body straight and your shoulders back
· Keeping your head level with the ground and in line with your body
· Keeping your abdomen tucked in
· Maintaining a shoulder-width distance between your feet
· Keeping a micro-bend in your knees and not allowing them to lock
· Bearing most of your weight on the balls of your feet
· Allowing your hands to hang naturally by your sides
Good posture has many health benefits, and it can help to put a healthy spring in your step. If you find that you could use some guidance in achieving a healthier posture, an experienced chiropractic provider can help.
Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor: About Improving Your Posture Today
If you are interested in improving your posture and your health, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. We will create for you a truly individualized treatment plan with the goal of helping you achieve better posture and a healthier lifestyle. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call and allow us to help you on your path to healthier posture.