When thinking about perfect posture, images of delicate ballerinas often come to mind. Perfect posture refers to the proper alignment, arrangement, and balance of the body's joints. A person standing with perfect posture could draw a straight line from the top of his or her head through the shoulders, hips, and knees, to the feet. Seated, good posture occurs with feet planted evenly on the floor and the head, shoulders, and hips arranged in a straight line. Everyone, not just dancers, should practice perfect posture for its many health benefits.
Perfect posture prevents the negative effects of poor posture. Slouching not only causes back pain, it also damages connective tissues and joints by putting compressed pressure on the lower back, overly stretching the upper back, protruding the neck, and shortening and tightening hip flexors. While slouched, abdominal muscles inactivate and internal organs compress, decreasing lung capacity and hindering digestion. Sitting and standing straight, keep the body balanced and prevent the pain of poor posture. In addition to the physiological benefits of good posture, perfect posture has also been shown to improve mood, confidence, memory, productivity, and reduce stress.
Achieve Perfect Posture with Chiropractic Care
To practice perfect posture, stand with feet shoulder width apart with your weight on the balls of the feet, bend knees slightly, allow arms to hang naturally, use abdominal muscles to pull your navel toward your spine, pull shoulders back, and keep ears in line with your shoulders to prevent the neck from protruding forward. If seated, place feet on the floor or a footrest, keep knees level with hips, and adjust the backrest to support your lower back.
After years of slouching, achieving perfect posture can be more difficult due to the spine's misalignment, muscle memory, weakened abdominal muscles, and tight hip flexors. At Synergy Family Health, our chiropractor, Dr. Janowitz, helps patients attain perfect posture with corrective chiropractic care. Corrective chiropractic care allows for good posture by restoring the spine's proper alignment and allowing for physiological balance. For more information, contact our office today.
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