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Why You Should Care (at least a little bit) About Your Posture

Posture. Good, bad, and the bendy.

Our bodies want to move. However, with our ever-sedentary lifestyle, we have to find a way to cope – proper posture is one of those coping mechanisms.

A lot of people talk about posture these days. Some say it matters a ton; others say it doesn’t matter at all. The truth is somewhere in the middle. It’s beneficial to be mindful of your posture and achieve the best posture you can, but there’s no need to obsess about it and walk around like a robot.

The rule of thumb is that if your current posture isn’t comfortable and your experiencing aches and pains – that’s your body telling you that you should move to a new posture! This is partly why bodily pain and discomfort was kept in our nervous system throughout evolution – to protect structures in your body from being damaged.

The best way to achieve proper posture is through acquiring knowledge and committing to ongoing applications and staying mindful of your posture throughout the day. We can achieve this through a variety of movements and exercises that common, but we may come up with a complete guide if the demand is there – let us know!

Why bother?

Now the benefits of proper posture are spectacular. You breathe better because there’s more room for your ribs to expand as you breathe. You experience less stress because your body language is open. We experience less pain because your body position is better than your body’s structures baseline. There’s even more and more evidence pointing toward more mental health benefits, such as increased confidence and reduced feelings of anxiety and depression. It’s really quite incredible!

Posture and chiropractic care go hand in hand because they both focus on two key aspects – the spine and the nervous system. Optimizing your nervous system through chiropractic care allows your brain to be more aware of where your body is in space – this is called proprioception. When you improve that, your body is more aware of your posture and can; therefore, we can correct it with better posture, and reinforcing it after every adjustment. We’re essentially re-wiring the brain the reinforcing better pathways. Now, if that’s not cool, then I don’t know what is.

If you’re looking to get help with your posture or have any questions about it please get in contact with one of our structural chiropractors and we’ll be happy to help out!