While most of us know what a good posture looks like, not many make the effort of maintaining it. Even a little bit of slouching can escalate into a permanent habit, severely affecting your postural health. On top of that, people often don’t recognize the signs of a poor posture and fail to act on it.
Here are a few signs to watch out for.
Slumped shoulders are the most common sign of a poor posture. This happens when you sit in a forward-leaning position for too long, for instance, when you’re staring at a monitor screen for an extended period.
Your shoulders are caught in an awkward slumping position, causing your chest to stick out as well. This exerts strain on your shoulder muscles, tightens the muscles in your chest, and can even weaken the neck muscles, thereby affecting your posture.
Straighten your shoulders to prevent them from slouching into a crescent shape. Try sitting with your back straight instead of bent forward. Physical therapy and chiropractic care can also help improve your posture.
Have you noticed your head poking out even when you’re not consciously leaning forward? When your head doesn’t align with your shoulders, it causes your neck to take up an extended position. As a result, your head pokes out for you to be able to look straight ahead.
This position, of the head and neck, strains the muscles in the back of your neck and your shoulders. The forward head posture causes pain and stiffness in your neck and upper back, and may even lead to headaches.
Keep your head up to prevent it from leaning too far forward or back. Posterior neck stretches and chin tucks can help you with this. Physical therapy and chiropractic treatment are also recommended for further improvement.
Most people don’t realize the effect that flat feet can have on their posture. It’s often seen as a problem concerning the feet alone, without any connection to your postural health. However, if you do have flat feet, chances are your posture is suffering quite a bit without you even realizing it.
Flat feet is a condition in which the arches in one or both feet collapse. This not only makes walking a painful ordeal, but also alters the alignment of the rest of your body. Since your feet support the rest of your body, a change in their structure affects your overall body posture.
Custom foot orthotics can help you fix this problem. They improve your feet alignment, help regain balance, and consequently improve your posture.
At our primary pain management clinic in Calgary, we offer a range of pharmacological as well as non-pharmacological treatment options to provide back and neck pain relief, resolve foot problems, and improve postural health.
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