With May being National Correct Posture Month, members of the Georgia Chiropractic Association want Georgians everywhere to be aware of the benefits of having good posture.
“Remember when your mom would tell you to sit up straight?” asked GCA President Dr. Edwin Davis, D.C. “It turns out she was right yet again! Good posture has been linked to positive health outcomes for many patients. Standing up straight can do everything from improving digestion to helping you look slimmer and project confidence.”
“New research shows sitting folded for hours at a time takes a toll on posture and health,” said Atlanta chiropractor and posture expert Dr. Steven Weiniger. “In fact, the negative impact can be as bad as smoking cigarettes. Technology keeps us tethered to our chairs, when what we need to do is unfold, get up and get active.”
“Good posture can also alleviate and prevent some typical aches and pains, particularly upper and lower back pain,” Davis added.
For Correct Posture Month, GCA joins PostureMonth.org in urging all Georgians to incorporate good posture habits into their regular routines, including:
· Take a picture. The best way to check your posture is to take a few photos. Team up with a friend to take pictures of each other standing from the front, back and side. The front and back pictures should be symmetrical (if your head is tilted or one arm is longer than the other, your posture is incorrect).
· Check your work space. If your job involves sitting at a desk for long periods at a time, make sure you’ve invested in a quality chair and proper adjustments that support good posture.
· Incorporate your workout. Yoga, tai chi and pilates can help with balance, leading to improved posture.
· Practice, practice, practice. Good posture comes from practice. You can practice your posture at home by standing against a wall. Your heels, buttocks, shoulders and head should lightly touch the wall. Your legs should be straight and head level.
“If you’re concerned about your posture, or if you experience back pain that prevents you from attaining good posture, I urge you to see a GCA-member chiropractor,” Davis said. “A chiropractor will be able to assess your individual situation and make personalized recommendations.”
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