One of big focuses in our practice is on your posture. It's a core aspect of the main chiropractic technique that I practice - Chiropractic Biophysics. You can read all about Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) here: https://idealspine.com/
Having good posture has a tremendous impact onto our body. Being centered and balanced with your posture allows your body to move more freely, it provides proper stability, it allows your muscles to work without added stress, and lastly, good posture adds a sense of confidence and poise. Poor posture creates abnormal wear and tear onto our joints in throughout our body, including the spine and causes the muscles to have to work harder throughout the day just to hold you upright. The further you are away from center you are with your posture, the greater you muscles will have to work to hold you upright. Since you have to work harder just to go about your normal day, this often leads to chronic fatigue, exhaustion, increased pain, diminished lung capacity, headaches and even increased blood pressure.
Bad posture tends to develop slowly over time, often built up through bad posture habits done daily and repeated for many months or sometimes even years. Our Chiropractic clinic is in downtown Toronto and we see this everyday from patients developing bad postural habits at their desks and letting it sit like that for often years! Take a look in the mirror and see if you can notice any changes in your posture. Here are some things to look for when checking yourself in the mirror:
Are you shoulders level?
Do you round your shoulders forward?
Are your earlobes level?
Does it look like your head is rotated? Is one shoulder rotated more forward than another?
Can you see your hips? Do they look level?
Does one arm hang further forward than the other? Does one arm look closer to your body than the other (look at the gap between your arm and body)?
Looking from the side, is your earlobe inline with your shoulder?
Some other things to look for that you might see in a mirror are:
Does one shoe wear out faster than the other? Does one pant leg touch the ground and the other doesn't? Do your pants or dress tend to twist when you walk?
If you have noticed any of these, it's a strong sign your body has started to heal improperly around a bad posture. This now means it's time to take action and get yourself checked by a chiropractor who works with postural corrective techniques. The longer you leave your bad posture, the longer it takes to heal, so act soon.
If you are in Toronto, and you need a chiropractor who focuses on postural corrective techniques, give us a call at 416-504-8880. If you have some questions about your posture, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to answer your questions.