Posture and Your Health!

Posture and Your Health!

written by: Dr. Andrea Esau
by: Dr. Andrea Esau
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Do you have a child who loves to play on the phone or tablet? Do you, or someone you know, spend a lot of time on the phone or computer? You probably know that poor posture can contribute to headaches, neck and back pain. But, did you know that your posture affects your health? Did you know that posture affects your hormones and is correlated to your emotions? This puts the importance of your posture in a whole new light, doesn't it? Posture, while simple, is so very important to your overall well being!

There's research that says, the beginning of every disease process in the body begins with poor posture. Posture affects everything from breathing to hormone production and the research also says that poor posture leads to a shorter and less happy or fulfilling life (decreased quality of life)! Wow! Have you noticed that when you're stressed, your shoulders come up towards your ears and you hunch forward more? I know this to be true for myself and I've observed it with many of my clients. The body is designed to react when stressed. It wants to protect all your vital organs; brain, heart and lungs. Your body can't tell the difference between life threatening stress, and stress over your job or your child. When you experience stress, your posture changes. Over time poor posture becomes your new norm. Stress is well known to decrease both the quality and possibly quantity of life. How much stress do you have in your life? Do you notice your posture changing as you become more stressed? Your body responds to stress by preparing to either fight or flee. Your muscles with tighten and your body will produce adrenaline. Your posture will reflect this response regardless of whether the stress is life threatening or not. How's your posture? Take a moment to be honest with yourself.

Let's take a look. What contributes to posture and what can you do about it? Your posture is affected by how you drive, how much time you spend on your phone or computer, and how ergonomic your workplace is. How much time do you spend sitting during your day? How much time do you spend stretching during your day? While adults are perhaps the most likely to suffer from poor posture and its effects, children can also be affected. In an article published recently, I read that teenagers are spending more and more time on their phones and other devices. Today's teenagers use technology for a large portion of their entertainment and socialization. Even very young children can spend a good deal of time watching videos on a phone or tablet. This means that posture is just as important for children and teenagers as it is for adults! Did you know that Chiropractic Care can help you improve your posture and lower your stress levels? The Chiropractic Adjustment addresses both the structure of the spine (your posture), as well as the parasympathetic nervous system (stress relief). Chiropractic care is essential in helping you when you're dealing with pain associated with postural changes—it is the foundation from which you work your way back to well being. It supports you to improve your posture and to achieve a healthier and happier life for yourself and your family.