Why good posture is important
Updated: May 15, 2018
If you ever experience tension or pain across the upper back or shoulder blades, get frequent headaches, have low back pain and are inflexible, you probably have poor posture.
Posture and your muscles
Poor posture shifts the body weight unevenly to some muscles, making them chronically tight and sore, while others get weak from under-use. Imbalanced muscles create un-even pull on the bones of the spine, shoulders and hips, causing misalignment and spinal nerve stress. That nerve stress leads to even tighter muscles, and the vicious cycle goes on and on. This is a common pattern in people with fibromyalgia, headaches, shoulder pain and upper back pain.
You can break this cycle in part by improving your posture – sit and stand up straight. However, that alone can’t undo the alignment problems that developed gradually from years of poor posture.
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Chiropractic adjustments can correct the spinal problems and relieve the nerve pressure and stress, allowing the muscles to start adapting and get more flexible so you can more easily straighten up.
Remember, you didn’t get that way overnight, and changing takes time, too.