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Stand Up Straight! How a Chiropractor Can Help Improve Your Posture

11 million Canadians suffer from back pain. Back pain can be debilitating, interfering with your daily rhythm of life like your job or being with your family. So how can you begin to manage your back pain so you can live a better quality of life? Having a correct posture goes a long way, and a chiropractor helps you with that. Here are three reasons why you should visit a chiropractor and how they can help you.

1. Adjustments

Proper posture is important because it means that all your body parts are in the correct position. When anything is out of alignment, this is when you start feeling pain. 

Chiropractors adjust your spine, shoulders, and other parts of your back and body to correct your posture and put everything back in its place. They do this by using different tools and techniques that are unique to your situation. In other words, they individualize your pain and adjust accordingly. 

While some people may be concerned that adjustments are painful, they're usually not painful or uncomfortable, but you may experience minimal discomfort.

 

2. Posture

A chiropractor will not only make adjustments but will ask you questions related to your posture. They will want to know things about your daily activities, working conditions, injuries, and more. Knowing these things will help them to correct your posture to minimize your back pain. 

They may take notes of how you stand, sit, walk, and so forth. Getting all these little details is important to fix your posture. 

They may also suggest exercises that help with posture, such as:

  • Sitting with your feet off the floor
  • Move around when sitting for long periods
  • Adjust your chair
  • Keeping your knees at hip level
  • Uncross your legs when sitting

All of these things impact your posture. Practicing good sitting and standing techniques will go a long way in helping you maintain posture. 

 

3. Stretching

When we don't stretch, our muscles become tight and inflexible. This can lead to further back pain and even worse posture. 

Your chiropractor will work with you on learning stretching and may even help you stretch. Having a flexible spine and flexible back muscles will decrease the amount of pain you have, as well as being able to withstand injuries should they occur. 

Your chiropractor may give you exercises to do at home to increase your flexibility as well. As you practice these over time, you should see improved flexibility and the ability to hold your posture better than before. 

 

Alleviate Your Pain

Maintaining a correct posture is important for your overall well-being. Visiting a chiropractor can correct some of the pain problems you're having through a course of treatment.

The experienced and knowledgeable chiropractors at Clayton Heights Sports and Therapy centers can help improve your posture! Contact us today to set up a consultation.