When we go about our day, how we carry ourselves or how straight we sit up doesn’t often cross our minds. However, poor posture, both when we stand and when we sit, can cause pain and a slew of health problems that will affect our daily lives.  While you may focus more on posture by sitting up straighter, keeping your shoulders back, and working to keep your body in alignment from your chin to the bottom of your feet, it can be hard to know if your body is actually in proper alignment. Even slight postural problems can cause misalignments in the spine, which play a crucial part in overall posture and whole body health. Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can remove misalignments that will improve posture, reducing pain and increasing overall health.

The Importance of Good Posture

While it may not seem like it matters, good posture is actually important for staying healthy and free of pain.  Poor posture can lead to stress on ligaments, muscle strain, or abnormal wear and tear on joints that can be painful or lead to injury.  Proper posture prevents overuse of muscles and ligaments and also helps conserve energy because muscles are being used more efficiently.  Additionally, poor posture can lead to health problems such as back and neck pain, depression, stress and anxiety, and even improper digestion.

Causes of Poor Posture

Poor posture can be the result of any number of things.  Sitting in front of a computer all day and straining your neck forward while looking down at a phone or tablet can cause something called “tech neck.” This poor posture puts pressure on the neck as the head isn’t being properly supported by the spine and has to bear the weight of the head on its own, often causing headaches, neck and shoulder pain, or tingling and numbness in the arms.  Stress and obesity can also contribute to poor posture.  Women who wear high heels often or have experienced pregnancy may find themselves with incorrect posture that leads to pain.  Muscles that are weak or too tight can also lead to overcompensation and poor posture.  When you feel the effects of poor posture such as headaches, migraines, tight shoulders, numbness, tingling, or sleeping problems, it might be time to seek help from a Charlotte chiropractor.

Chiropractic Care for Posture

Spinal health, including posture, is important for overall health and wellness.  The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) controls all the body’s systems. Spinal misalignments will cause nerve interference that interrupts proper communication and disrupts proper function of the body, leading to pain or illness.  Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can remove misalignments, improve posture, and increase your overall health and wellness.  Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to be in the proper neutral spine position when the skull, rib cage, and pelvis are all in proper alignment, improving posture and decreasing pain and related issues.

How Chiropractic Has Helped Others

Several case studies have shown how chiropractic can improve both posture and quality of life.  One case study focused on a 27-year-old woman with neck and back pain, headaches, and also improper gait from poor posture.  After six months of consistent care, her posture greatly improved and her pain was significantly decreased.  If you are experiencing pains or headaches that may be related to improper posture, contact Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic and reap the many benefits of chiropractic care.

 

 

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