People are reminded often how important it is to maintain good posture. But do they actually pay attention? Maintaining proper posture is integral for the spinal cord. People who work towards improving their posture usually suffer from less pains and aches in the back, neck, head, and joints. They also sleep better, and generally feel better overall. This is owing to the fact that proper posture can improve one’s organ function and promote healthy digestion.
Chiropractic treatment can improve posture and help you live a healthy, balanced life. It is a type of complementary medicine that uses gentle adjustments to the spinal column to treat misaligned vertebrae. It involves examining the spine, diagnosing its misalignment, and treating the misaligned vertebrae.
If you think you need help with improving your posture, we can help you at Amersham Chiropractic Centre..
This article will explore what posture is, and how our chiropractic treatment can help you.
What Is Posture?
Before elucidating on how chiropractic treatment can improve posture, it’s important to know what posture is, and why it’s so important.
Posture is essentially the way one carries their body while standing, sitting, and even lying down. Good posture is often called a “neutral spine”. Maintaining a “neutral spine” can have many benefits for your health, especially when it comes to avoiding back pain and injury.
Why Is It Important To Improve Posture?
The benefits that good posture brings can be obvious. As we mentioned earlier, it can help you sleep better, and avoid aches and pains. Some benefits are less obvious, however. Here are a few other benefits you can get from improving your posture:
- Less stress on ligaments, which can help avoid injury
- Proper alignment of joints and bones
- Optimising function of the nervous system
- Efficient use of muscles, helping conserve energy
- Less abnormal joint wear and tear
- Prevent muscle pain, overuse, and strain
Many research studies have proven that poor posture can affect confidence and stress levels, heighten feelings of depression, and even have a negative effect on the digestive tract. That’s why it is important to improve posture and maintain it.
What Postural Issues Can Chiropractic Treatment Help With?
Chiropractic treatment can help a person improve their posture and maintain it. Chiropractors are trained in identifying postural imbalance in the body. For example, a person may have one shoulder higher than the other, or may have stooped shoulders. Chiropractors can identify these issues and treat their root cause, which is often improper posture.
Poor posture can lead to the development of more problems in the future. Chiropractic treatment can be used to treat many postural issues, including:
- Hip/Pelvic Unleveling
- Kyphosis (Hunchback)
- Forward Head Positioning
- Lower Back Issues
- Mid Back Issues
- Problems With Neck Curvature
The Process Of Treatment
There are many ways in which chiropractic treatment can improve your posture. When you meet with our chiropractors, they will examine you and diagnose your core issue to treat it accordingly.
Your chiropractic examination will cover:
- A detailed case history
- A close view of how you walk, sit, and lie down
- Studying your spinal alignment
- Neurological & Orthopedic testing
- Measuring any deviations from neutral posture
- Flexibility and mobility to tests to determine range of motion
- Muscle length and strength tests
Once our chiropractor has understood your body and its needs, they may choose to administer one, or a mix of the following chiropractic treatments:
During a chiropractic adjustment, pressure is applied to specific parts of the body for a particular adjustment. Our chiropractors are well-trained experts when it comes to this type of chiropractic treatment. They are very skilled in performing adjustments with the utmost care. You’ll be asked to lie down in a particular way, so that we can access the area that needs treatment. We will then administer fast or high-velocity thrusts to adjust your spinal alignment. This promotes healing in your body, and improves your posture.
Strained Tissue Work
Our chiropractors work on damaged or straining muscles, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Focusing on these tissues can help improve posture. Using strengthening exercise and muscle releases, our chiropractors can treat imbalances in your soft tissue. With careful rehabilitation and exercise, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable with an improved posture.
Rehabilitation Through Stretching/Exercise:
When you stretch the right body parts, you can strengthen weak muscles. It’s a good idea to release muscle tension as it helps improve posture. Using intentional and controlled stretches, exercises, and muscle relaxation, our chiropractors will help your overactive muscles relax. This will promote weak muscles to grow stronger and release tension that leads to poor posture, improving your posture for good.
Can Chiropractic Treatment Really Improve Posture?
Now, to get to the crux of it all. You have all the information you need about posture and chiropractic treatment. But, is it effective? Can chiropractic treatment really help improve your posture?
In short, yes. Of course it can. An imbalanced posture, such as a high right shoulder, can have serious consequences on the body’s nervous system over time. In order to assure that your spine is aligned correctly and that your body is functioning optimally, chiropractic treatment can correct poor posture, such as forward head translations and slouching.
If you’re looking to improve your posture and make your body work like a well-oiled machine, Amersham Chiropractic Centre can help you. Contact us and book an appointment today!