Did you know that having good posture is a form of fitness in which the muscles of the body support the skeleton in an alignment that is stable and efficient? When a person exercises good posture, it is present in both stillness and in movement.
On the flip side, there are unfortunately many factors that get in the way of good posture. These include but aren’t limited to:
- Slouching while sitting
- Carrying a heavy bag
- Using your phone or computer improperly
According to Very Well Health, most people attribute, to some degree, their neck or back pain to poor posture. Can you fix your bad posture? Many turn to posture braces to correct their bad posture, but do they really work?
Do Chiropractors Recommend Posture Correctors?
Posture is all about muscular strength on the skeleton. Because of this, the best fix is training those muscles so that they can support your body back into its natural alignment. While there are many ways to do this, you can use a posture corrector to help guide your body back to its natural position. Posture correctors are devices ranging from harnesses, belts, and straps that help improve or correct your posture. Questioning whether or not posture correctors work is fair given the plethora of wellness products available that don’t always live up to expectations.
It is recommended to speak with your chiropractor prior to wearing a posture brace. There are many other ways you can work to improve your posture, and your chiropractor may recommend alternative treatment methods either instead of or alongside wearing a posture corrector.
According to Health Grades, it is important to note that sometimes posture braces can do more harm than good, specifically when the body begins to rely on the device to hold you up. This is especially concerning if you wear the posture brace for long periods which would cause the core muscles you would normally use to achieve better posture to relax and weaken.
Can You Correct Years of Bad Posture?
The good news is that even if your bad posture has been a problem for many years, it is possible to make improvements. Having better posture is often just a matter of changing your activities and routines to strengthen your muscles.
Simple stretches and yoga are both excellent ways to improve posture because they focus on lengthening and straightening your spine as you balance your weight equally on each side of your body. Many traditional yoga poses, when done correctly, help you identify what good posture feels like, making it easier to maintain good habits throughout your day.
Total Chiro Can Help Fix Bad Posture
Here at Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we are ready to help! If you feel you have poor posture that is leading to neck and back pain, an adjustment may be just what you need to get your body in the best alignment for good posture. Be sure to contact us today. We are ready to ease you into good posture without any pain.