Do you slouch? Pretty much all of us have issues with our posture. An incorrect posture, over time, will cause your spine to drift out of alignment and eventually lead to damage, stiffness, and pain. Then you end up in your doctor’s office, popping pills or even needing surgery.
If you have back pain, it may go back to your posture. Most of us stand, walk and sit in ways that put unnecessary strain on our back and neck. This is particularly true of office workers who spend extended times sitting, not always in chairs well designed for our particular physical build. Also, sleeping on your front can affect your posture – and that is one habit you may not be able to break. One common problem is “forward head posture,” where the person holds their head too far in front of their body, placing a lot of stress on their shoulders and neck. Peering at a computer screen all day can lead to or exacerbate this. In addition to back pain, this can also cause headaches.
Nashville chiropractic care can help – but you will have to do your homework. A chiropractor can adjust your neck and spine to mitigate the damage caused by your poor posture. Then they will recommend exercises and stretches you can do to improve your posture. You may want to rearrange your workstation – for example, the middle of your computer screen should be at eye level when you sit upright. If your sleeping position is a problem, they may have advice for a change of pillow – some people benefit from a neck pillow, especially side sleepers. Your chiropractor may also recommend you visit a physical therapist – and in some cases they work out of the same office, which can be a real benefit.
If you need Nashville chiropractic care, then the Batson Chiropractic Group, http://www.batsonwellness.com can help you with your bad posture – and we have both physical therapists and personal trainers available to help you break those bad habits.