Does your body feel stiff and tight? If so, it may be due to your spinal curves. Chiropractic care can help you relieve symptoms of pain, but there are also several lifestyle changes you can make to correct your sitting and standing positions.
The Importance of Good Posture
Your spine has three natural curves that need to be protected. Holding this protective posture will help you avoid damaging your spine.
Your spinal curves affect how your joints move, how your stomach digests food, and how easily you can breathe. When your posture deteriorates, it can lead to increased pain and difficulty completing tasks. You want to maintain the natural curves in your spine without increasing them to avoid severe pain or damage.
Here are a few things you can do to manage your posture.
Be Mindful of Sitting Positions
In sitting positions, you can easily get stuck slouching. Long periods of poor sitting positions can lead to painful consequences. The additional strain on your joints and bones can cause difficulty breathing.
If you work from home or spend long periods sitting during the day, take regular breaks to stretch and walk around to loosen your joints and muscles.
When you sit, you want to avoid crossing your ankles to keep your circulation from getting cut off. You’ll also want a chair that correctly supports your back so you don’t slouch. Your working area should also be at an acceptable height that encourages proper and natural spinal curves throughout the day.
Posture correction can also be accomplished with regular yoga stretches. Many poses are designed to help alleviate symptoms of poor or over-exerted spinal curves and align your spine. You can regularly do simple poses, like a child’s pose, to help straighten your spine and realign your vertebrae.
When you notice your spinal curve is poor, you can set an appointment with a chiropractor to adjust your spinal column. An adjustment can help you regain proper posture and breathe easier, which leads to better sleep and more energy throughout the day.
When you meet with a chiropractor, they can help diagnose other physical issues related to your posture, such as joint pain. The adjustment in chiropractic care will set you on the path toward better posture.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to prioritize posture correction. Whether you seek professional help, DIY treatments, or both, there are options to help improve your spinal curves and your health. Don’t wait to improve your posture when you could be living pain-free.