Better posture is an area where almost all of us agree that we can do better! I am going to teach you a VERY simple 2-step posture check to get you looking and feeling better quick!
Why Is Posture Important?
Posture not only makes you feel better, but it also makes you look much better… and slimmer! - So if for nothing else, do it for the sake of vanity!
Improved posture can help prevent unnecessary early degeneration of the spine as well as improve mood. Yes! There is a psychological aspect to good posture too! When you sit up straight and tall, not only do you look better, but you feel better too, both physically and mentally.
Doctor Gonzalez’ 2-Step Posture Check
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Forget the 8 bullet point list of things to do when trying to attain perfect posture - i.e. chest up, shoulders back, chin tucked, abs in, etc. I’ve reduced good posture to only 2 key items: Abs and Elbows!
Abs: Lower Body Postural Correction
Many of us let our tummies droop forward as we lock our knees. Not only is this unattractive, but it’s terrible for your lower back! Simply engaging your abdominal muscles will force you to unlock your knees (try to have locked knees and stick your tummy out - it’s like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time). Engaging your abdomen will instantly correct your hip alignment and unlock your knees correcting most of the major lower body postural issues.
Elbows: Upper Body Postural Correction
Many of us tend to let our shoulders drag forward and down and our heads forward. With the help of gravity, this creates an awkward angle for the weight of our heads to sit on top of our spines, effectively increasing the pounds/square inch of pressure from the weight of our head onto the top of our spine. This can cause pain, numbness/tingling of the arms, increased degeneration, etc.. When we sit up with good posture, gravity pushes (just) the weight of our head straight down and the curves of our spine help cushion this pressure, protecting our spinal cord.
To correct this region, bring your elbows back behind you as if you are trying to touch them together, then drop your arms back down to your sides in a relaxed position. This will automatically bring your head, shoulders, and upper back into proper alignment.
A Doctor of Chiropractic can further help you with posture and preventing degenerative changes. If you are looking for a Chiropractor in the Arlington, Midlothian, or Mansfield, TX, please consider Solutions Alternative Healthcare, LLC.