Conditions - Posture and Gait
Poor posture comes from a lack of alignment in the body. Do you sit or stand with hunched over shoulders? Do you walk with a pigeon-toed gait? Maybe you notice your left hip often appears to be higher than the right. These are all signs that your spine may be out of alignment.
At Light Chiropractic we address the poor posture of patients who had no idea they were living with small misalignments in the body. We can help to pinpoint the areas of the body that are limiting your ability to live a healthy, pain-free life. Poor posture can impact the well-being of the body by negatively affecting the nervous system and even forcing you to change the way you walk.
In the video below, Dr. Theo Kieu explains the important role space and time play on our health. All adding up to the science of good posture.
What is So Important about Good Posture?
Good posture can make you look and feel better. Period. When you walk around with a slouched or hunched-over profile, it gives off the appearance that you are shorter in stature than your actual height. This can have a detrimental effect on your overall self-esteem. But there are health concerns to consider as well. Poor posture can affect your mind and body in the following ways:
• Misaligned bones and joints
• Increased risk of back injury
• Increased wear and tear on muscles and joints
• Increased stress on the ligaments
• Increased expense of energy
• Decreased mood
• Increased risk of digestion issues
• Increased back pain
When you do the work to reclaim good posture, you are able to avoid all of these negative impacts on the body to improve your physical and mental happiness. If you notice that you have rounded shoulders when you walk or if friends or loved ones tell you to stand up straight, it is because you have poor posture. A visit to one of our skilled chiropractic professionals can get you on the road to better posture and a better life.
Causes of Poor Posture
An individual could be walking around with poor posture for any number of reasons. It is crucial that you better understand what could be making you live with poor posture so we can identify the causes and address them in a timely manner. The following are some of the most common reasons for poor posture:
• High levels of stress
• Lack of self-confidence
• Wearing uncomfortable shoes
• Weight gain
• Tight or weak chest and shoulder muscles
• Injuries that have not fully healed
• Routinely lifting or carrying heavy bags and backpacks
These and other causes of poor posture can be addressed and corrected through chiropractic care.
How Chiropractic Care Treats Poor Posture
The goal of every single person should be a neutral spine. That means you are living with good posture and your spine is in proper alignment. If you are dealing with chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain and you believe that poor posture is to blame, consider a visit to Light Chiropractic to discuss your concerns with one of our skilled chiropractors.
Every chiropractic visit starts with a discussion about you and who you are. Chiropractic care is only feasible by first understanding the patient and his or her habits and lifestyle. A chiropractor will ask a lot of questions and it is critical that you answer them as honestly and earnestly as possible in order to ensure the best possible treatment plan is designed for your particular needs.
Once the initial consultation phase is complete, the chiropractor will then examine your posture from a multitude of angles and points of view. Your chiropractic professional will note all of the areas that appear to be out of alignment by simply monitoring the way you stand, the gait of your walk, and other asymmetric attributes that your body demonstrates.
Once the chiropractor has completed the examination, next is the development of a treatment regimen that is tailored to meet your specific needs. This will typically include spinal adjustments, joint movements, tissue and muscle manipulation, and possibly a series of exercises and rehabilitative stretches designed to target the tension in the muscles and release the shoulders, allowing you to stand up straight and walk tall, free of poor posture and alignment.