5 Reasons Why Good Posture is Good For You

Way back when, when your mother told you to sit up straight, she might not have bothered to explain why. The fact is, good posture is one of the foundations of good health. 

In a nutshell, good posture means that your body is correctly aligned and your weight is distributed evenly throughout your skeletal and muscular systems. A person who has good posture stands perpendicular to the ground with feet forward, shoulders square and chest open. It has been described as holding an imaginary string from your head and pulling your body upward. 

According to many experts, good posture has a number of direct benefits. Here are five: 

1. You Look Better – According to some experts, standing erect can add as much as one whole inch to your height and it lends symmetry to your physique, which means you look great even if you have a few extra pounds on you. 

2. You Breathe Better – Because your lungs are supported by a strong skeletal and muscular system, you get more air and more air means more oxygen, and more oxygen means your lungs are clearer, your brain is more focused and you have more energy to face your day. 

3.  Fewer Health Issues – If you adopt good posture, you will have a lower risk of health issues such as a slipped disc, back aches, headaches and poor circulation. 

4. Increased Confidence – When you look better and stand taller, you’ll be perceived as confident and positive, and many new social contacts will come your way. 

5. More Energy – Wouldn’t you love to feel more energized? Proper posture gets every fiber of your body working to its capacity, resulting in better flexibility, stronger muscles, and much more energy. 

Often people have doubts about their posture and whether they can improve it. The answer in this situation is to consult your chiropractor for an assessment. He or she will be able to set a course that is right for you.

Posted on behalf of Integrated Health Solutions

What is Chiropractic Adjustment?

For those who aren’t familiar with it, chiropractic adjustment may come across as a modern form of quackery. It may conjure images of someone bent over in severe pain and someone else popping them back up with a big cracking noise, providing immediate, almost magical relief.  But in reality, chiropractic adjustment is a far more subtle, extremely regimented treatment that has been proven to be a great benefit to people suffering from lower back pain, neck pain and headaches.  

In the procedure, a trained specialist, a chiropractor, uses either their hands or a small instrument to apply pressure to a spinal joint as the patient lies face down on a special table with a neck support. The desired result is that the misaligned joint will be realigned into its proper position, relieving the stress on nerves and muscles that is causing the pain. 

Chiropractic adjustment is carried out through a series of office visits, and there is no special preparation. Sometimes, spinal joints will move back into their misaligned position, and will need repeated adjustments. Fortunately, most health insurance policies now cover the procedure, but you may want to check with your health care provider to see how many visits are covered. 

Proponents and opponents have argued for years about the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment, but most medical experts agree that it is about as effective as more traditional pain relief methods including surgery and medication. 

Side effects from chiropractic adjustment typically include minor aches in the area treated, headache or fatigue. In very rare instances, side effects, particularly following neck manipulation, have included stroke.