Will a Chiropractor Help Improve My Posture?

Stand up straight! That might be a phrase that sends you back to childhood. Your mother and teachers had one thing right: Good posture is essential to your overall health.


Posture refers to the position of your body while you’re standing, sitting, or lying down. Having good posture means your body parts are supported and aligned. Your muscles and bones work together to control your posture and keep you in the proper position.


Here at Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, our chiropractors understand the importance of proper alignment. Before you come to see us for an adjustment, we want to discuss a few things about good and bad posture.

Importance of posture

When your body is in proper alignment, your bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are supported and healthy. Proper posture helps to decrease the risk of injury, minimizes abnormal wear and tear on your joints, and allows your muscles to work together optimally.


Good posture requires muscle strength and flexibility in your back and other joints. Balance of the muscles on both sides of your spine plays a vital role in overall posture and spine health.

Do you have poor posture?

You can examine your posture during normal activities, such as sitting, walking, or standing. Take a moment while you are doing each of these activities and consider your posture and back. You can also have another person look at you in these positions to check out how you carry your body.


A few things you might notice if you have poor posture include:

Effects of poor posture

You may know that poor posture can cause pain. But did you know that it can create other problems too? When you don’t sit, stand, or lie in a neutral position, you might suffer from:

Can a chiropractor help?

Here’s the good news: Yes, a chiropractor can help to correct your poor posture. The bad news? If you’ve had poor posture for a long time, it won’t be fixed overnight. But our doctors, physical therapists, and massage therapists are here to create a comprehensive plan that will help improve your posture and lessen any symptoms you might be experiencing.


Here are a few of the treatments might use to help improve your posture:

Adjustments

You may have heard stories about chiropractors “cracking” backs or other joints. While some joints do crack, that’s not the goal. Chiropractic adjustments are made to improve function in your neck and spine, allowing your body to maintain a better position.


During an adjustment, our doctor positions you on the table in a face-down position. Using their hands, they apply controlled, quick pressure to the joint they’re adjusting. This pressure moves the joint beyond its normal range of motion. You might hear a popping or cracking sound, but, don’t worry, that’s normal.

Soft tissue massage

If our chiropractic team notices that your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissues are tight, we might recommend massage therapy to help with your posture. During a  massage, our therapist varies the depth, pressure, and length of the massage to provide you with soft tissue work that targets areas that need it the most.


Massage can increase flexibility, improve range of motion, and help to heal muscles that are tight or strained.

Exercises and stretching

Our chiropractic team develops a home exercise program for you. They go over the activities with you in the office and make sure you know how to do each exercise correctly. By doing these exercises on a regular basis, you set up your spine for proper posture and overall health and well-being. You might also consider exercise programs like yoga, pilates, or tai chi to improve your balance and posture and strengthen your core.


Good posture can’t be fixed by chiropractic care alone. You must continue to work on your posture at home between appointments. Adopting consistent self-care habits, such as stretching, helps you maintain good posture in the future.


If you struggle with poor posture and would like to start chiropractic care, call our Cleveland office or book an appointment online.

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