What Your Posture Says About Your Health
Most people hardly ever think about their posture, and that’s unfortunate. Your posture is a prime indicator of how healthy you are and what health conditions you might experience in the future. One of the biggest chiropractic benefits is helping to improve one’s posture. At Botti Chiropractic & Wellness, we take posture very seriously – and have some tips and exercises that may help understand your posture.
If you want to know a little more about your health and wellness, now and in the future, try this at home:
- Stand in Front of the Mirror. Stand in front of a full-length mirror if possible. Keep your eyes closed at first, jogging in place for a moment. Wiggle your arms and shake your head. When you stop, stand with your feet even, shoulder-width apart. Take a deep breath, then relax.
- Open Your Eyes. Look at your body — really look at its structure and symmetry. Particularly pay attention to your shoulders. Is one slightly higher than the other? Is one ear a little lower than the other? How evenly do your fingertips hang at your sides? Does one hand hang farther down than the other? Think about the weight on your feet, too. Does it feel like one foot is carrying more weight than the other?
If you notice imbalances, note them in a journal. Maybe even take a selfie, if you’re comfortable with that.
What Do Posture Imbalances Mean?
If you’ve noticed any imbalances, you can probably predict that there will be some pain developing in certain areas in the future. For example, uneven shoulder height indicates that the spine is not correctly aligned. There may be abnormal spinal curvature and vertebral misalignments (subluxations) that can eventually pinch nerves that may cause health dysfunction in several areas.
Uneven wear and tear on your spine and joints can cause a host of health problems, depending on the location of the misalignment or imbalance. For example, a spinal misalignment in the lower back can slowly compress one or more of the intervertebral discs there, eventually causing painful symptoms of sciatica (shooting pain down the lower back, buttocks, and into one or the other leg).
Joint pain in the hips and knees can also develop due to uneven body carriage as you walk and go about your active lifestyle. Athletes, in particular, may notice difficulties in regular workout routines if the spine is not perfectly aligned, as this can cause uneven workout patterns that lead to overuse injuries from poor spinal alignment.
If you noticed that your head is slightly tilted to one side, a misalignment of neck vertebrae, from many hours at a desk, hanging your head over your mobile device, or maybe from a sudden whiplash injury may be to blame. In this case, you might notice an increase in the frequency and severity of headaches or migraines.
Posture problems can literally cause a domino effect of poor health in all areas of the body, depending on which vertebrae are out of alignment, and which nerves are being pinched.
Making Changes Today for a Better Tomorrow!
Even if you are not in pain right now, if you notice any posture imbalances during your mirror test, try to pay closer attention to how you sit, walk and move throughout the day.
Stand up straighter, get lumbar support for your work chair or car, and remember to hold your mobile device at eye level so that you don’t look down at it so much. Your chiropractor can also evaluate your posture, give you chiropractic adjustments to correct subluxations, and advise you on better daily posture and ergonomics. Remember — your posture can reveal volumes about your health, so please pay attention!
Schedule Your Consultation with Oak Lawn Chiropractor, Dr. Botti, Today!
If you are unsure about your posture or want to improve your posture, schedule your consultation with Oak Lawn Chiropractor, Dr. Botti, Today! We are offering a new patient special, helping any new Oak Lawn patients understand the importance of chiropractic care in their life. Want to learn more? Call us today at 708-249-6498.