What Does Your Posture Say About You?
Poor posture has been linked to issues like neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, TMJ, breathing, and tensions.
Let’s face facts. We’re living a longer time than we used to and we want to be able to enjoy every day of it. Too often our bodies start to give us signs that we’re not as young as we used to be. These include:
- Stiffness in the morning
- Gait (walking) changes or limping
- Posture changes including slouching
Your choice is either to try to ignore these signs, hope they’ll go away, or actively do something to improve and preserve your youth! If you’re going to try to stop aging in its’ tracks, the sooner you start the better.
Stiffness Is Not Normal
Do you feel like you take a little bit longer to get started in the morning? Do you wake up a little bit achy, need to stretch before you get out of bed, or spend the first half hour of your day trying to get things unstuck and moving?
That feeling is usually due to degenerative changes in the joints. Most commonly I see this in people’s spine, knees, and hips. The stiffness is due to damage that has occurred over time. A lot of people think that it’s “normal” to feel like this as we get older. Not true.
A couple of things really help this condition, like:
- Chiropractic to help “unstick” the joints
- Supplements for Joint Health
Are you walking normally or have you noticed changes? Pain in the knees, hips, feet, and lower back can affect the way we move. A feeling of weakness can make someone walk tentatively instead of confidently. Is your family telling you that they see changes in how you get around?
The good news is that you can improve your walking by doing some simple things. Follow the tips above, be sure to have comfortable shoes, and make a conscious effort everyday to improve. I know you’ll see results. In fact, one of the best exercises you can do is daily walking.
Improving Your Posture
Who do you notice first when they come into a room… the guy who is standing straight, tall, and confident, or the guy who is slouched over? Great posture can make a huge difference in the way you feel and the way you look. Here’s why:
- Standing up straight instantly flattens your stomach and gives a trimmer appearance
- Better posture is less fatiguing to your spine and body
- Having good posture can help prevent injuries and disability
Why would someone not have good posture? Injuries, misalignments, degeneration, and curvature of the spine are common reasons why a person may not have great posture. In our practice one of the factors by which we gauge a person’s progress is by improvements in their posture. If someone’s body is stronger and working better, chances are they’ll be standing straighter, walking with a spring in their step, and have more zest for life. Who wouldn’t want that?
And it’s important to know that it’s okay to be a little bit vain, to want to look better, be stronger, and ultimately beat the aging process. Don’t wait for someone to do it for you.
Call me or my associates today to start feeling better!