Good posture is essential for good health, but why does it matter, what does “good posture” even mean, and why is it so hard?
The American Chiropractic Association says good posture matters because it is what allows us to stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that put the least strain on our bodies, specifically the supporting muscles and ligaments we use during movement and weight-bearing exercises.
Good posture prevents degenerative arthritis and joint pain by keeping bones and joints in correct alignment so joint surfaces aren’t worn down abnormally. Correct posture also minimizes the chance of injury to ligaments holding spinal joints together, and prevents muscle strain, overuse, and pain.
Why is it so hard? Everything from stress, a poor work environment, pregnancy, and high-heeled shoes can make proper posture difficult to find. Being overweight, inflexible, or having weak postural muscles can or having weak postural muscles can make maintaining good posture even harder. And perhaps most important of all? Bad habits when it comes to how we sit, stand, and lay down.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we address proper posture as it applies to sitting, standing, and laying down. Additionally, ff you’d like to learn more, additional information is available on the American Chiropractic Association website (Tips to Maintain Good Posture) and in their info graphic (HealthyLiving_Posture).
Absolute Wellness Center in Eugene, OR offers chiropractic medicine, sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and therapeutic massage. To learn more about your options for conservative pain management, give us a call at 541-484-5777.