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Poor Posture

“Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.” - Bella Bleue


Have you ever glanced at a photograph of your friends and noticed that someone, or maybe even multiple people, were slouching? Did you then realize that the individual with the most pronounced slouch was you? Initially, your response might be that your posture appears unappealing. However, beyond the aesthetic concerns, your posture can significantly impact your overall health and potentially lead to diminished performance in various aspects of life, whether at work, during sports, or even in terms of your well-being. The significance of good posture goes beyond what you might initially grasp.


What Are the Consequences of Poor Posture?

In the short term, poor posture can encompass muscles that feel tight and achy. While temporary relief might alleviate the immediate discomfort, failing to address the root cause of the issue can lead to its recurrence. When our bodies encounter stressors, they adapt to maintain functionality. This means that your body might start compensating for your poor posture. Among the most prevalent postural imbalances is forward head posture, often stemming from activities that involve forward flexion. For instance, spending extended hours gazing at your phone positions your head forward. Consequently, this places significant strain on your upper back as it strives to maintain equilibrium. The body's response to forward head posture is the development of tight upper back muscles.


Effective Strategies to Rectify Poor Posture

Retraining the body requires a multi-faceted approach. Correcting poor posture requires a commitment to altering habits and actively maintaining an upright stance. For instance, consciously holding your phone higher to avoid hunching over is crucial. If poor posture has been ingrained for an extended period, structural changes in the spine and muscles might have occurred. Soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons contribute to spinal alignment. The control over these tissues comes from motor nerves originating from the spinal column. Therefore, a comprehensive assessment of spinal structure and nervous system function is necessary to identify specific compensations. Once the root cause is determined, a targeted plan can be devised to correct the issue and promote improved posture.


Seeking assistance from a chiropractic clinic is an avenue for addressing poor posture. At Adept Chiropractic, we utilize chiropractic adjustments and other PT modalities to rectify the structural changes in your spine and muscles resulting from inadequate posture.

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