Chiropractor In Davenport: Why Posture Is Important Part 2!

Chiropractor in Davenport Helps PostureBy: Clay Kuethe D.C. (Dr. Clay)

So why is posture important? The human body is designed to move, perform, and distribute weight in a certain way. Physics can help us understand that when you carry your head in a forward position, you can more than double the effective weight of your head. No wonder people have sore necks, headaches, and shoulder problems. The same is true for our lower back. If we are constantly hunched, or if we are carrying a bit too much padding around the mid-section (myself included) we can alter our bodies ability to properly distribute our weight. When this happens, we can place undue stress on our spine and cause permanent degenerative changes over time.

The main culprit of poor posture these days is the dreaded computer. If you sit at a computer all day, chances are that you are doing damage. The body is designed to be active for the majority of the day. The more we sit, the worse off we are. So, should we all quit our jobs and just walk around all day? I would like to say yes, but I know that this is not a possibility. There are some general exercises that you can do that will help you stabilize your spine. Keep in mind that everybody adapts to these stresses in different ways, so it is important to get evaluated and get specific exercises and stretches to help you get back on the right track.

We can see in the picture above that her head is in a forward position. This reduces the natural curve of the spine and can lead to early cervical disc degeneration, tight neck musculature, headaches, and a plethora of other things. Her shoulders are back, which is good. They are slightly elevated, which can lead to neck tightness and tension. If you can pull your shoulder blades down and together, this is a more functional position and better for your health.

Her low back is just a little too arched. We are meant to have a curve in our low back. When we sit, it tends to lessen and we round our low back. She is sitting on a stability ball which may explain the reason for this. The purpose of sitting on a stability ball is to have constant movement and have your muscles react to keep you stable. She may just be in forward position as she is moving. The last piece of advice when sitting at your desk is to have your hips and knees at open angles. This prevents excess stress from being placed on the hip and knee joint. You can experiment by sitting and leaning forward and putting your feet under your chair. You will notice that your knees and hips begin to ache after awhile and you have to change position. This should be a clue to not do these things.

The main exercises that tend to work for everybody are: chin retraction, shoulder retraction, plank, side plank, and bird dog exercises. These help to stabilize the spine and put it in the correct position. Often, these exercises alone are not enough. Over time, certain muscles get tight and cause your spine to move in an improper way. This can cause pain, headaches, and improper motion in shoulders, knees, hips, ankles, and hands. Most people don’t realize that poor posture can cause so many problems. Chiropractors are uniquely qualified to assess these issues and correct them! So if you feel that you have poor posture, check out some of the best chiropractors in Davenport. Get Adjusted and Be Well!

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