Do I have poor posture?
Most of us have been instructed at some point in life to stand/sit with our back straight and our shoulders pulled back. You may have corrected bad posture temporarily but quickly fallen back to old habits. Poor posture has a variety of downsides, including increasing the likelihood of disease and death, causing gastrointestinal problems, creating self-image issues, and increased pain in the neck and back.
You can assess your posture by standing in front of a full-length mirror and checking whether your head is straight, your shoulders are level, the spacing is equal between arms and sides, hips are level with kneecaps straight ahead, and ankles are straight. If any of these are off, you might have poor posture.
Can I chiropractor offer posture correction?
Yes, your Goldsboro Spine Center Experts chiropractor offers posture correction for New York and New Jersey patients. Your doctor will perform a physical exam, postural evaluation, and ask questions about your lifestyle to determine whether you require postural correction.
What are my options for posture correction?
There are many changes you can make to correct your posture. In general, you should sit as if there is a string coming out of the top of your head pulling your body upwards into proper alignment. When you are sitting, keep your feet flat on the floor, flex the elbows between 75 and 90 degrees, maintain straight shoulders and be sure to get up and stretch frequently.
When standing, keep feet slightly apart about shoulder width. Bend the knees slightly. Push the shoulders upright and position your head so that it is sitting squarely on your shoulders. Place your weight on the balls of the feet, not the heels.
In addition to these tips, your chiropractor may perform a variety of manual and manipulative adjustments, teach you exercises to improve posture, and offer suggestions as to maintaining good posture while carrying out a range of activities.