Posture affects the way your body functions in ways that you’re probably not even be aware of. From decreased pain levels to increased confidence, good posture can make a difference in nearly all aspects of your life. Knowing how improved posture can affect you can also inspire you to change the way you stand. That’s why we’re posting these 5 wonderful benefits of improving your posture.
Less Stress, More Confidence
Standing upright projects the appearance of confidence. It affects the way others see you and the way you see yourself. Studies show that people who stand upright feel more confidence and less stress, even in stressful situations.
As you can imagine, the implications of this benefit are far reaching. Having more confidence and feeling less stress could impact everything from your personal life to your professional life, the way you handle problems and the way you deal with others.
Slouching puts a lot of pressure on your joints and muscles, and can actually lead to painful, chronic conditions. Slouching can also cause stress on the neck and shoulders, leading to headaches.
Plus, have you heard of text neck, the condition caused by bending forward too look at electronic devices? Studies of text neck show that bending your head forward even just by one inch can increase the pressure on your spine by 10 pounds, and every inch adds another 10 pounds. Imagine now what prolonged bad posture can do to your body and how many aches and pains you could develop over the years.
Slouching constricts the diaphragm, making breathing relatively awkward. The straighter you stand, the easier it is for your body to take in the oxygen it needs. The more oxygen your body takes in, the more energy it has to complete day to day tasks and exercise.
More Exercise, Greater Weight Loss
As exercise gets easier, the more likely you are to do it, and the more weight you’re likely to lose. As you exercise more and lose weight, your quality of life improves, and you feel better on a day to day basis. You’re less likely to get diabetes, heart disease, and many of the other chronic conditions that affect millions of people in this country.
San Francisco State University’s Erik Peper conducted a study wherein he tied poor posture to negative thoughts and bad mood. People who had upright posture had more positive thoughts and a better mood. In fact, in this study slouching was even linked to depression. Subjects who slouched while they walked reported have more feelings of depression than subjects who walked upright with good posture.
Chiropractic Care Helps Improve Posture
Want to know more? Take a look at this eye-opening article on NBC News.com, which discusses the ways in which slouching can lead to sadness and a whole host of other problems.
Improving posture on your own can be a challenge. That’s why many people turn to chiropractic care. With regular spinal adjustments, we can help. We’ll also talk to you about lifestyle changes and show you the right exercises to improve your posture even more.
To find out more, contact Choice Chiropractic today.