When you’re sitting at the computer at a desk, where do your feet go? Are you crossing your legs? Are you slouching in the chair? How far away is the monitor from your eyes? Do you find yourself bringing your head (and neck/chin) forward and down to be closer to the keyboard while typing? How is your posture when sitting? How’s it when standing?
A lot of people have jobs that involve sitting or standing for long periods of time, without much movement. And that’s not good. It’s like your body gets frozen in one position and then becomes stiff, tight, and, ultimately, in pain. Think of all the little old ladies you know who walk hunched over– they got that way because they hunched over for years and that position just kind of stuck with them. Do you want to be hunched over when you’re 80?
When your posture is in good alignment such that your shoulders are back, your chest is out, and you’re straight rather than crooked, then you are in a fine position to prevent pain. However, most of us have terrible, sloppy posture. We bend in weird ways. We move our arms and legs into awkward positions. Our gait is “off.” Basically, a lot of us are sitting and standing and walking “all wrong,” and it’s causing us all sorts of pain in various body parts, including our necks, shoulders and backs.
Do you get a lot of backaches? How about headaches? What about arthritis? All of these things could be stemming from the way you carry yourself– your posture. It’s not something most people think about, but it’s actually very important to have good posture or else risk feeling bad.
What can you do to improve your posture? Why not make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic? You’ll get your spine adjusted and aligned. The chiropractor will show you how to sit/stand/walk “better,” and give you ideas on how to improve your posture even when you’re not in his/her office. Furthermore, you can “check-in” with your chiropractor over time to see how you’re improving– it’s nice to know you’ve got someone to be accountable to, and someone who can track your progress. Over time, you can go from a slouching person in pain to someone who stands up strong and tall, feeling healthier and happier. Call Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, at 651-464-0800 and make your appointment today.