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Published on December 22, 2016

Correct Your Posture and Prevent Pain

man sitting at desk with bad posture

man sitting at desk with bad postureWhenever the subject of posture comes up most of us instantly hear our mother’s voice, “Sit up straight; don’t slouch; stand up straight.” This advice from our mothers is spot on. If only we’d listened to the suggestions, because many of us are faced with chronic pain from poor posture.

Why do people have such poor posture today?

Truth be told, we sit too much and lack the amount and type of motion our bodies require to stay balanced and healthy. We sit while eating, working, driving, watching TV and otherwise relaxing.

We also walk on hard, flat surfaces from the time we get up in the morning to the time we go to bed at night. Therefore, many of our primary muscles no longer function the way they were designed. These muscles begin to weaken, decrease in size and lose the ability to work for us as they should.

How do we get out of this cycle, correct our posture and help eliminate pain? 

The key is movement—but before movement, proper physical alignment of load bearing joints must be restored so as not to create more problems. Shoulders lined up over the hips, hips directly over the knees and the knees directly over the ankles, in both front-to-back and side-to-side planes. When proper alignment occurs, muscles begin to function as they were designed, becoming stronger to stabilize the body as a unit. This will help to reduce or even eliminate pain from poor posture.

“Most people have a good idea as to whether or not they have poor posture, but some are surprised at the results of an examination indicating that their dysfunctional posture is to blame for much of their chronic discomfort,” explained Gary Pirnat DC chiropractor with PIH Health.  “So, if you’re looking for a clue if this could be your problem – just look in the mirror.”

If you suspect chronic pain might be a result of poor posture, make an appointment today by calling 562.789.5484. (Some health plans may require a referral.)

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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