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Next Week is Correct Posture Month!
Written by Valerie Smith   

  It's only a few days away ... May 1 marks the beginning of Correct Posture Month, and the Georgia Chiropractic Association is urging all Georgians to stand up straight!

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.


 
GCA Wants Georgians to Stand Tall with Correct Posture Month
Written by Valerie Smith   

 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.”

You can find a GCA chiropractor near you from this website! Simply go to the top of the page and click on "Find a Chiropractor Near You!"

 
From Time Magazine: Are Chiropractors Legitimate?
Written by Valerie Smith   

 This article, from Time Magazine, answers the question about the "legitimacy" of chiropractors. It's an interesting read, particularly for those who have back pain and are searching for a non-invasive, gentle approach to pain relief and pain management.

From the article: “Chiropractors tend to have very high patient satisfaction rates,” Schneider says. “And from a public health perspective, we’d see a lot fewer unnecessary tests and hospitalizations and opioid prescriptions if people visited chiropractors for their back and neck pain.”

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Prevent Text Neck!
Written by Valerie Smith   

 "Text neck" comes from that hunched over position we all find ourselves in when glancing down to look at our phones. What may seem like not a big deal can end up leading to a lot of increased pressure on your neck, leading to strain and injury!

So, what's the best way to avoid "text neck"? Here are a few simple tips, courtesy of the American Chiropractic Association:

  • Check your posture! The best way to sit up straight is to make sure you're sitting up straight.
  • Raise your arm so that your phone or mobile device is level with your eyes, rather than tilting your head and neck down.
  • Rest your arms on a pillow.
  • Avoid texting for long periods of time.

Ultimately, avoiding long periods of smartphone use and making a few simple adjustments will have you standing straight for years to come!

 
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