Postural imbalance affects us in a number of ways. It can cause soreness, muscle pain, poor digestion, fatigue, and even low self-esteem. Poor posture also comes from a variety of factors such as doing simple tasks such as sitting down or more serious situations such as figuring in an accident.
If you’re wondering where your poor posture is coming from, here are the most common reasons:
- Slouching while sitting down
Slouching typically occurs while sitting down. Whether you’re 100% focused on a task or just unaware of your posture, this daily habit can have numerous negative impacts when it comes to your health. Since slouching is not a natural body position, it can cause bothersome pain in your neck, shoulder, and back.
- Using your phone
Most people nowadays bend or tilt their head down when they look at their smartphones. This puts even more stress on the spine, especially since smartphones are used for an average of four to five hours per day.
Being in an accident, whether it is a vehicle collision or a sports-related one, often results in whiplash. This invisible injury is caused by a sudden forced movement of the head and neck, with symptoms taking several days or weeks to surface. Neck pain, back pain, and fatigue are just some of the common whiplash symptoms that affect your posture.
- Improper sleeping position
Sleeping in the wrong position can also impact your posture. Many areas of the body such as the joints, muscles, and nerves are affected when you sleep the wrong way, causing poor posture the next day.
- Feeling stressed
Poor posture is not just brought about by physical factors but emotional factors, as well. Stress causes certain muscles in the body to contract or tighten. When this happens often, it gets more difficult for these muscles to support the spine and maintain a vertical position.
- Carrying a heavy bag
Hauling a heavy bag for long periods of time can put a lot of strain on your back. If you’ve been carrying a one-strap bag on the same shoulder, the unequal weight from the bag will cause one shoulder to become lower than the other.
- Old age and extra weight
As you age, your body begins to hunch over and stoop lower toward the ground, making it difficult for the spine to stay upright. This can cause plenty of problems like poor balance, falling over, and breathing issues. Gaining extra weight around your midsection also results in poor posture. Your body tries to balance the added weight by forcing your pelvis forward and putting more strain on your lower back.
How can chiropractic treatment help?
Chiropractic treatment can be a great help in improving and maintaining your posture. During a chiropractic adjustment, a qualified chiropractor can manipulate your spine, neck, and shoulders in order to correct your postural imbalance. Your chiropractor will also recommend certain exercises to help strengthen your core muscles.
WholeBody Solutions provides excellent chiropractic care for a wide variety of health challenges. Schedule your chiropractic adjustment today by calling 617.328.6300 or emailing frontdesk(at)wholebodysolutions(dotted)org. You can also check out our Chiropractic page to learn more about our treatment and fees.