Why Is It So Difficult to Maintain Good Posture?
Maintaining good posture is challenging. It is much easier to let your shoulders hunch forward and your pelvis slouch back than to keep your shoulders back and keep the natural curve in your lower spine intact. Some people have structural causes of poor posture that are no fault of their own, but most have what are known as positional causes for poor posture. These include:
- Bad postural habits resulting from general laziness.
- Excessive weight.
- General weakness in the midsection.
- Muscle imbalance or spasm.
- Pain in areas of the body that prevent proper posture.
- Self-esteem issues that cause you to slouch.
- Degenerative conditions preventing correct posture.
- Over-reliance on support from a non-ergonomic chair.
Consequences of Poor Posture
Get an Expert Analysis
Chiropractic doctors have the ability to analyze your posture to determine what is at the root of the problem. Some of the things your chiropractor will look for include:
- Height variance across your shoulders.
- A forward tilt in the pelvis.
- Alignment in your knees.
- Stance variations like turning one or both feet outward.
- Changes in your normal gait.
- An increase in your spinal curvature.
Once the underlying causes of your posture issues are determined, a chiropractor can create a treatment program and help you correct the problem. Along with spinal adjustments, you may be given instruction on how to sit properly, stand and walk properly, and work properly as it relates to posture.
Your chiropractic treatment will help, but it is only half the battle. You will also need to be more conscious of your posture in your daily activities and correct the bad habits you’ve created over the years. It ‘s a challenging task, but one you can master with regular practice.