07 Feb Yes, It’s True! Your Posture Can Affect Your Spinal Health
It’s something that you’ve probably heard your entire life. A stern warning from a parent followed, perhaps, by a little poke to the ribs.
While children may think these three words are simply parents being parents, the truth is that slouching or sitting up straight can have a profound effect on our spinal health.
That’s why your McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center want to embrace what our parents taught us by exploring just what type of health effects poor posture can have on us and what we can do to prevent serious damage from taking place.
How Poor Posture Can Affect Your Health
There is a myriad of maladies that can stem from poor posture, such as:
- Poor Circulation – Sitting down for long periods of time in a poorly postured position can lead to the development — or worsening – of blood circulatory issues. Anything from cosmetic problems like varicose veins to the life-threatening, like a deep vein thrombosis.
- Fatigue – If you have poor posture, tension and compression are applied to certain structures within the body that cannot withstand the strain. In time, poor posture can add to the wearing down of bones, joints, and ligaments that can then cause muscles to misfire. As a result, you may begin to compensate using other muscles to stabilize yourself, but this can tire you out and leave you with a feeling of low energy.
- Forward Head Posture – Under normal circumstances, your ears and your shoulders should align perfectly when viewed from the side. When the head continues to lean forward — say because of the constant use of a computer at work — eventually musculoskeletal dysfunctions can begin to impact the neck and spine. Certain muscles around your neck and back will tighten while others will weaken, causing neck pain and tension headaches.
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) – Poor posture not only causes spinal misalignment, but it can also cause improper bite patterns that affect the temporomandibular joints—the two joints that connect the jaw to your skull. If these joints are misaligned, it can lead to spasms, popping, locking, cramping, jaw pain, and even difficulty chewing.
- Shoulder and Back Pain – Poor posture can lead to your rotator cuff tendons applying pressure to the coracoacromial arch of the shoulder, causing bad shoulder pain when moving or lying down. Poor posture can also cause a shortening and contraction of your lumbar muscles. When this occurs, an unhealthy tightness is present along with bad back pain.
While all of these issues can seem overwhelming, maintaining a good posture – and the phone number of the trustworthy McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness – can do wonders to help relieve, and possibly reverse, some of these ailments.
Tips for Helping You to Correct Your Posture
As it is with any other health issue that life presents us with, awareness is the first step to treating the problem. Pay close attention to yourself every time you sit or stand:
- Are you sitting with both feet planted on the floor or on a footrest?
- If you’re standing, are your knees bent slightly?
- Are your arms relaxed and your shoulders pulled back?
These are all great questions to ask yourself and correct in real time if necessary.
But it isn’t just sitting or standing up we need to be concerned about. Lying down also plays a big role in your posture as well. Avoid sleeping on your stomach and do some research when deciding on the right mattress and pillow to purchase. Your chiropractic team here at Hendrick Wellness can even make a few recommendations so that you have the best back and neck support.
If you’re really serious about correcting your posture – or any spinal health issue you may be having – come visit us at Hendrick Wellness Center in McAllen. We have years of experience treating patients who are suffering from spinal health issues as a result of poor posture.
Our specific brand of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, tips, and recommendations can help relieve back pain and much more. When you come to Hendrick Wellness Center, we have your back!