Mothers often tell their children to sit up straight and avoid slouching. This is good advice. Bad posture is a common problem that affects people's health more than they think. Maintaining good posture involves keeping in the upright position against gravity when sitting, standing, or sleeping.
It is important to sit, stand, walk and sleep in the correct positions to avoid abnormal stress on the body. This will help to maintain proper alignment of the spine and other joints in the body. When misaligned joints occur, it can lead to a loss of function and health in the body. Abnormal posture can cause strain on the muscles. Good post can help to prevent muscle fatigue and help the body to expend less energy. It also helps to reduce wear and tear on the joint surfaces which leads to arthritis. It also helps to avoid abnormal stress on the ligaments that hold joints together.
Your posture can tell a lot about the health of the spine. When you have poor posture, this often correlates to abnormal alignment of the spine. The spinal has a powerful connection to the brain and spinal cord which make up the central nervous system or control center for the body. When you have poor posture this can lead to an unhealthy spinal which causes an overall loss of health in the body.
Research shows that nutrition and stimulation of the brain is generated by motion of the spine. The brain expends a large amount of energy to maintain the body's relationship with gravity. If you have bad posture and misaligned bones of the spine, this communication can be interrupted. This will cause a loss of health and dysfunction in the body.
Poor posture or slouching leads to a loss of the normal curves that should exist in the spine. An example of this is a loss of the neck or cervical curve when a person slouches. This natural curve supports the weight of the head against the effects of gravity. It also protects the brain stem and delicate nerves that exit the cervical spine. Chiropractors often refer to this curve as the arc of life because of its overall importance with our health.
Chiropractic physicians are highly trained to locate and correct misaligned spinal bone to help restore normal health in the body. They perform specific hands on adjustments to the bones of the spine. They may also perform therapy to help injured soft tissue or recommend rehabilitative exercises to strengthen muscles.