How to Maintain Good Posture for Overall Health 

 March 18, 2018

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

You may not give a second thought to your posture when you consider your overall health. Nonetheless, it is vital to feeling well. Improper posture can cause breathing problems, neck and back pain, and similar issues. It is very important to give some thought to how to improve your posture no matter if you are sitting or standing.

Over time, repeatedly practicing improper posture can become a comfortable yet bad habit. The body can become used to it, and it may feel as if proper posture is more uncomfortable. This can make breaking the habit much more difficult. It is vital to begin giving a conscious effort to the proper way to sit and stand so as to improve your posture.

Your Work Environment and Poor Posture

Desk jobs can really have a bad impact on your posture. Sitting at a desk all day can negatively affect the posture of millions in affluent countries. This is due to craning our necks to look at monitors and other electronic devices, keeping the keyboard at the wrong level, and using chairs without proper back support. Another problem is holding the phone between your shoulder and ear while using the phone.

Here are some things you can do to improve your posture while sitting at your desk:

  • Keep your monitor at eye level
  • Keep the keyboard so that your elbows only bend at a 90-degree level
  • Keep your feet flat on the ground and do not cross your legs
  • Use a chair that has proper lumbar support and be sure to keep your back against the chair while sitting
  • Get up every 45-60 minutes and walk around or stretch

More Help for Your Posture

In addition to the above suggestions, exercise and proper stretching can help improve your posture and keep the body healthy, strong, and flexible. An area that is vital to proper posture has to do with the proper alignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. If these bones are misaligned, you may experience low back pain, neck pain, and other issues. Realigning these bones may be just what is needed to help you have better posture and improve your health overall.

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne

Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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