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Benefits of a Strong Posture

Posted: April 29, 2013
By: Dr Christie MacDonald

Benefits of a Strong Posture

By Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors


May is posture month.  A good strong posture can be very beneficial for not only your physical health, but your mental health as well.  Standing up straight can make you look years younger, ten pounds lighter and just make you feel better about yourself.  In addition to looking great, you can relieve back pain, neck pain and headaches.  For more information on back pain relief, contact Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors at 780-430-7549.


In today’s society we spend a lot of our time sitting.  We are sitting on our way to work, all day at work, then sit when we get home.  This sitting causes us to start to become curled forward.  Our shoulders tend to round, head can be forward.  This leads to back pain, neck pain and headaches.  In addition, as we start to round forward, we start to look older and our energy can even lower.  By learning to strengthen our posture, we can start to correct this.  The first step is being aware of how you are sitting and standing.  Be sure that you aren’t slumping, your shoulders are back and your ears are in line with your shoulders.  As you become more aware of your posture, you may want to do more.  Your Edmonton Chiropractor can show you more things you can do to help increase your posture.  For more information, check us out at www.whitemudchiro.com


Strengthening your posture can increase your ability to breath.  If you are slumped over, it can collapse your rib cage, not allowing your lungs to fill to capacity, thus decreasing your ability to breath.  This can also lead to back pain as it is putting pressure on your spinal cord, not allowing your body to communicate properly with your brain.  Ensuring that you are breathing from your abdomen and not your chest can strength your posture, often we are taking shallow breaths, this weakens our posture as it tighten the chest muscles and rounding the shoulders.  Taking a good deep belly breath, can reduce stress and increase your postural muscles.  Your Edmonton chiropractor can help increase your posture with regular adjustments and they can teach you a few simple exercises you can do at home.  For more information on those exercises, check out our website at www.whitemudchiro.com


Whitemud Crossing Chiropractors also offer bi-monthly posture classes.  At these classes you will learn simple exercises with and without equipment that can increase the strength of your posture.  By taking one or more of the posture classes you can reduce back pain, neck pain and headaches, along with standing up straighter, feeling more confident, looking slimmer and younger and taller.  Check out our classes by calling us at 780-430-7549.