We’ve all been told at one time or another during our lives “don’t slouch!”. And while this popular line for moms and dads everywhere may annoy their kids many people wonder “How important is good posture?”.
If you’ve ever heard me talk you know that I often say one of the primary ways the spine becomes misaligned and thus causing pain and other symptoms is repetitive strain. Repetitive strain is the combination of your posture AND what you do a lot of. For most people most of the time this means either work or a favorite hobby such as a sport.
So from that definition you can see that good posture is indeed pretty important. If you have poor posture it generally leads to more pressure on the spine while doing your activities. This causes faster and more significant spinal bone misalignments than if you had better posture, which would then lead to less stress on the spine.
Ok so what is good posture? A good place to start is to pretend you are a wooden doll with a string attached to the top of your head. Imagine sitting up but in a hunched over position. Now give the string a good pull straight up and see how the dolls posture naturally improves. This is what many would consider a generally “good posture”.
Of course regular chiropractic adjustments make maintaining good posture easier since it reduces misalignments in the spine. It also keeps the discs and spinal joints from wearing out as well so if maintaining a healthy spine with good posture is important to you (and it should be since this leads to improved health and less back and neck pain.) then regular adjustments are just what the doctor ordered.