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|Chiropractic Care Can Create Good Posture|
Most of our daily activities work against good posture. We spend large portions of our days sitting in a chair, peering at a computer terminal. Muscles tighten and joints get stiff as we deal with our daily tasks and responsibilities.
Neck muscles, lower back muscles, thigh muscles (quadriceps and hamstrings), and calf muscles tighten, lose their mobility, and become stiff and sore. Aches and pains add their burdens to chronically poor posture. Over time we become even less of the person we were meant to be, perhaps even feeling worn down by life.
Chiropractic care helps you reverse these downward spirals. Chiropractic care helps you restore good posture by relieving mechanical stresses and strains and by causing your musculoskeletal system to become more flexible and resilient. The result is improved range of motion, reduced pain, and an enhanced sense of well-being.
Most people think good posture is a matter of sticking out one's chest and pulling back one's shoulders. Telling someone that their posture needs improvement usually results in a predictable response as they automatically apply these muscular stresses. Unfortunately, this is not an effective way to develop good posture.
Good posture is very important, because it helps prevent or at least minimize common musculoskeletal problems like chronic back and neck pain. Poor posture can not only cause and contribute to chronic musculoskeletal pain, but it's also implicated in gastrointestinal and endocrine diseases and many other disorders because it interferes with normal functioning of your heart and lungs. This can cause metabolic processes to deteriorate due to lack of normal oxygen supply.
Good posture should be the most natural thing in the world. Active children who are happy and healthy will usually have good posture, at least early in life. Perhaps bad posture begins with the changes in gait that happen when a child starts wearing shoes most of the time, or when he spends many hours in school hunched over a desk. Or sometimes poor posture can begin with more of a psycho-emotional cause such as feeling depressed or lacking confidence in oneself, and unfortunately, maintaining poor posture will only reinforce those feelings.
The majority of people, with protruding stomachs, slumped shoulders, and necks that protrude far in front of their body's center, don't even know what good posture is or what it feels like. We may have been told to "stand up straight" or "stop slouching", but how exactly do we do that and make it a regular habit?
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