A lot has been said about having good posture and by now almost each and every one of us knows that we should always stand straight. Unfortunately, many of us still do not care much for good posture and that may be one of the major reasons why our backs don’t age as gracefully as we’d want them to. Back snapping and lower back pain are just some of the things we are preparing ourselves for should we not shape up and stand up straight.
The body needs a lot of support when standing, and when you shrug your shoulders or develop other abnormal standing and walking positions, you are not getting the support you need because the spine is basically misaligning itself and this disrupts all other bones in your musculoskeletal system as well.
Negative Effects of Poor Posture
Skeletal Misalignment: Most skeletal abnormalities are as a result of having a poor posture. The three curves in your spine have specific functions and they control everything from supporting your head to your feet. Good posture should therefore fall along those the three curves failure to which all other major bones and even muscles are subject to unnecessary tension. This tension could not only bring about short term effects such as pain but could also develop complications where your spinal disks are out of place and TMJ disorders amongst others.
Joint Stress: Besides misalignments, another negative side effect of poor posture could be joint stress. If your spinal column is misaligned, a lot of stress and tension is distributed throughout the body in order to ease up on the lack of support from your spine. That said, the connecting joints and tissues that are bearing the load also begin to misalign and this is why you find that many of us become prone to misaligned jaws, dislocated knee caps and shoulders.
Skeletal Growth: The skeletal system plays a major role in your growth. Muscle fibers and bones are bound to wear out easily if you do not have good posture and these bones and muscles are forced to align in painful and unnatural arrangements. The reality of developing osteoarthritis is also very real since your poor posture is disrupting your bone structure and weakening by the day.
How to Improve Your Posture
Improving your posture especially when you have been a slouch all your life is going to take a lot of chiropractic care. The benefits of chiropractic care cannot be overlooked because these are the only professionals who have specialized in the musculoskeletal system. It is also important to note that they do no advocate for surgery since this could bring about even more complications or wear out some bones. By getting yourself this sort of care, what you are signing up for is rehabilitative care which is great since you need to begin realigning, regenerating and strengthening your bones.
Good posture is as easy as staying in your natural spinal position and this could help you avoid all the negative effects mention above and more.