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Posted on 12-05-2012

River Grove Chiropractor Dr. Cynthia Seaman says good posture is crucial to proper spine health.  Stand and sit straight with your chest up, abs in and head over your shoulders. This correct posture is a habit that you develop.

Proper posture often gets neglected or forgotten. When we slouch, lean on arm rests, leaning forward at our desk or computer and even driving leaning more to one side than the other are all instances where we practice improper posture. The position in which we eat, sleep, stand, sit, work and move influences our posture. Bad habits can slowly compress your spine and place enormous amounts of stress on surrounding muscular and connective tissues.

Bad posture can be noticed in many ways. Some of the more common signs of incorrect postural alignment include the following:

  • Protruding abdomen
  • Hyperextended knees
  • Rounded or uneven shoulders
  • Curved spine
  • Sunken chest
  • Unusually flat back
  • Swayed back
  • Uneven hips
  • Neck craned too far forward
  • Chin thrust out

When your spine is misaligned, muscles are forced to offset your improper posture. This usually results in tightness and muscular strains. In fact, shortened muscles are frequently seen in instances of poor alignment. A lack of flexibility can cause muscular imbalances, creating greater postural difficulties. Tight, inflexible hamstrings frequently contribute to lower back pain and poor postural alignment. Flexibility and resistance training work can help correct such muscle weaknesses or imbalances, therefore helping to improve posture.

Call Seaman Chiropractic if your posture may be causing you pain at 773-545-2233 or click on seamanchiro.com to request an appointment today.

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