Do you catch yourself slouching at your desk or hunching your shoulders? Are you starting to notice the effects of poor posture impacting your daily life? You’re not alone. With our ever-increasing reliance on technology and sitting, more and more people need help maintaining proper posture. In particular, office workers or anyone with a poor desk setup are more likely to struggle with poor posture. Fortunately, there’s a solution: chiropractic care. In this blog, we’ll explore how working with a chiropractor for posture can improve your spinal alignment, reduce pain and enhance your overall well-being.
Why proper posture and spinal alignment are crucial for your health
While you’d be forgiven for thinking good posture is simply standing up straight, it offers much more to our overall health. Posture refers to how we hold our body when sitting, standing, and lying down. Good or proper posture looks like having a straight back with a neutral spine and can help prevent injuries, reduce back and neck pain and improve circulation. Developing good habits to keep our spine, shoulders and neck aligned eases the pressure on our joints and ligaments, reducing the risk of long term physical, psychological and health consequences.
The role of posture in everyday activities
From walking to sitting, standing, and even sleeping, posture influences nearly every aspect of our lives. The most obvious benefit of having correct posture is reduced risk of neck and back pain. However, good posture can also help improve blood flow, keeping our nerves and blood vessels healthy and supporting our muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Common signs of poor posture
The most common and obvious signs of poor posture are:
- Rounded shoulders
- Forward head posture
The less common and subtle signs of poor posture may include
- Headaches & migraines
- Muscle fatigue
- Neck and back pain
The consequences of poor posture
Ignoring your posture in the short term may not seem like that big of a deal; however, over time, it can start to impact the quality of our lives. These are the most common physical and psychological consequences and long-term health risks associated with poor posture.
Physical impact on the body
While poor posture can have obvious physical impacts on the body, such as hunched shoulders and neck and back pain, it can also start to impact our blood flow and circulation, digestion, and cause a curvature of the spine.
The physical discomfort associated with poor posture can also impact your mental well-being. Being in constant pain or feeling self-conscious due to a hunched back can start to affect our self-esteem, mood, and confidence.
Long-term health risks
While they’re less common, compared to neck and back pain or headaches, there can be long-term health risks associated with poor posture, including disc herniation, reduced lung capacity and incontinence.
How chiropractic care improves posture
Now that you understand the importance of maintaining a good posture let’s explore how chiropractic care can support posture correction and overall quality of life. At Brighton Wellness, we use a combination of chiropractic adjustments and education to support our clients in improving their posture.
Chiropractic adjustments and posture
Chiropractic care uses subtle adjustments to help realign the spine, joints and ligaments to relieve pressure on nerves and relax the muscles. This allows the body to move freely, improve blood flow and strengthen the muscles to support proper posture and alignment.
Postural education through chiropractic care
Chiropractors do more than just adjust your spine; they provide valuable education on maintaining proper posture.. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to keep your spine in its natural alignment.
- Sit up straight: keep your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. Use a chair that provides good lumbar support to maintain the natural curve of your spine.
- Stand tall: distribute your body weight evenly on both feet. Avoid slouching or leaning to one side. Imagine a string pulling you up from the top of your head to encourage good posture.
- Lift items properly: bend your knees and keep the object close to your body. Avoid twisting your spine while lifting.
- Stay active: and focus on exercises that help strengthen your core muscles, which can help support your spine’s natural alignment. Incorporating stretching into your routine can also help maintain proper posture.
- Use Ergonomic Accessories: If you work at a desk or use a computer, invest in an ergonomic chair and keyboard setup. Adjust your workspace to promote good posture and reduce strain on your spine.
What to expect in a chiropractic session
At Brighton Wellness, we ensure every chiropractic session is tailored to our client’s unique needs. This is an example of what to expect during a typical posture correction session:
- General Assessment: Your chiropractor will begin by taking a detailed medical history, asking about your current symptoms, past health issues, lifestyle, and any medications or supplements you take. This assessment helps them understand your overall health, assess your specific needs and ensure chiropractic care is appropriate for you.
- Physical Assessment: Your chiropractor will conduct a physical examination, which may involve checking your posture, spinal alignment, range of motion, and muscle tone. They may use their hands to feel for areas of tension or misalignment in your spine.
- Chiropractic Adjustment: If the chiropractor determines that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition, with consent, they will perform adjustments to the treatment area. This may involve using their hands or specialised tools to apply controlled, quick, and precise force to specific joints to improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore proper alignment. You may hear a cracking or popping sound during these adjustments, often the release of gas within the joint. They may also incorporate other therapies into your treatment, including massage, stretching, heat or cold therapy, or exercises to strengthen your spine.
- Education and Advice: At the end of the session, chiropractors will often provide guidance on lifestyle factors such as posture, ergonomics, and exercise to help you manage your condition and prevent future issues before rebooking you for a follow-up session.
Actionable tips to maintain good posture
While your chiropractor can help make adjustments to improve the alignment of your spine, maintaining good posture requires mindfulness and action outside of sessions. You can actively work on it in your daily life. Here are some practical tips to help you stand and sit tall so you feel your best.
Ergonomic tips for the workplace
If you spend hours at a desk, these three ergonomic workspace tips will be a game-changer for your posture.
- Set up a chair and desk for optimal posture, ensuring support and proper alignment.
- Take regular breaks to move and stretch, reducing strain.
- Organise your workstation efficiently, keeping essentials close, and maintaining a clutter-free environment.
Simple exercises for postural improvement
These three exercises can be incorporated into your daily routine for lasting benefits.
- Wall Angels – opens your chest and enhances upper back alignment.
- Chin Tucks – strengthens neck muscles and counteracts forward head posture.
- Seated Cat-Cow Stretch – opens your chest and strengthens your spine.
Mindfulness in standing and sitting
Sometimes, we catch ourselves in a hunched position and instantly know we need to sit or stand up straighter. When you remember, imagine an invisible piece of string pulling you up from the top of your head to help align all the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your neck and back.
Frequently Asked Questions on Chiropractic Care
Can a chiropractor fix your posture?
Chiropractors can improve posture by assessing and addressing spinal misalignment, joint mobility, and muscle weakness. However, it’s crucial to remember that action must be taken outside of chiropractic care sessions by focusing on strengthening the core, improving our office setup and making a concise effort to maintain a straight back while sitting and standing.
Can a chiropractor fix hunchback posture?
Yes, over time, with regular adjustments, strengthening exercises and ergonomic tools, a chiropractor can help improve a hunchback posture.
Can I actually fix my posture?
Yes, even if you’ve struggled with poor posture for years, you can improve it with the proper treatment approach. At Brighton Wellness, we’ve helped hundreds of clients improve their spinal alignment through chiropractic adjustments, strengthening exercises and education.
Does alignment help with posture?
Yes, alignment plays a crucial role in maintaining good posture. Not just proper spinal alignment; ensuring various body parts (including the shoulders, hips, and limbs) are aligned can help achieve and maintain a healthy posture.
Book now for better posture
Ready to take the first step towards better posture and improved well-being? Book an appointment with one of our experienced and friendly chiropractors today.
Don’t let poor posture hold you back; chiropractic care is the solution.