Correct Posture with Chiropractic Care
Do you suffer from chronic shoulder or back problems? Shoulder and back pain originally begin with stress put on the spine which causes vertebral subluxations or misalignments of the spine. Subluxations keep the spine locked in the wrong position which prevents the nervous system from working properly. Shoulder and back pain occur when the vertebrae of the lower cervical (neck) or upper thoracic (mid back) are out of alignment. Nerves to the shoulder and back muscles become impinged resulting in pain in these muscle groups.
Daily tasks such as holding the phone between your ear and shoulder or for women, carrying a heavy purse each day can throw your spine out of alignment causing shoulder or back pain. Shoulder and back pain can also occur from repetitive motions and inversely, holding the body in one position for long periods.
Obesity is a Significant Contributor to Shoulder Pain
Carrying extra weight causes you to hunch the body and round the shoulders resulting in strain and fatigue in your back and shoulders. How you sit also effects your shoulders and back. Poor posture can lead to hyper-reactive muscle fibers. The fibers contract and restricts blood flow which results in pain. Taking breaks every 30 minutes to stretch can helps prevent and relieve discomfort. It also increases spinal flexibility, improves circulation, improves spinal curvature, and improves body awareness.
Research suggests the physical restriction of lungs and abdominal organs caused by poor posture puts you at a much higher risk of heart disease, stroke and respiratory mortality. Your posture can have an immense impact on your overall health.
Here are the top 10 reasons to make it your mission to improve your posture!
- Pain-free movement and flexibility
- Better balance and coordination
- Higher energy level
- Elevated confidence level
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Optimism and positive attitude
- Peak athletic performance
- Ability to breathe deeply
- More youthful appearance
- Staying active longer
A visit with a chiropractor is the first step in removing subluxation in order to relieve pain and strain in your shoulders and back.