Appearance benefits with good posture are obvious, but there are many less-obvious health benefits you should know. Good posture can:
Maintain correct alignment of bones and joints
Reduce stress on ligaments, minimizing risk of injury
Prevent muscle strain, overuse and pain
Conserve energy as muscles are used more efficiently
Decrease abnormal joint wear
Research has shown that poor postures may increase feelings of depression, affect your digestive tract and influence confidence and stress levels.
Signs You have Poor Posture
There are many indicators of poor posture, but some of the more common are hunched shoulders, rounded shoulders, rounded upper back, forward head carriage and arched lower back. Another indicator is back pain. Unsure if you have good posture? Talk to your chiropractor or schedule an appointment for a spinal examination.
Factors that Contribute to Poor Posture
There are several common factors linked to poor posture:
Weak postural muscles
Abnormally tight muscles
How to Maintain or Correct Posture
The first step is awareness! Bring your attention to your posture as you sit, stand or lie down. If you're sitting, keep both feet on the floor or a footrest, don't cross your legs and use low-back support. While standing, keep your knees slightly bent, relax your arms and pull your shoulders back. When lying down it's critical to choose the right mattress and pillow, and avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Importance of Chiropractic Care and Therapies
Your chiropractor can help you to maintain and correct your posture through chiropractic adjustments, exercises and recommendations on proper positions during different activities.
Then, after a thorough neuromuscular examination we can often determine how involved the soft tissues are in relation to these changes, and how they may effect pain levels, range of motion and, ultimately, effects on activities of daily living.
Moving forward, when all these factors are taken into consideration, it gives the doctor a better understanding of the patients particular subjective and objective issues and allows them to create a treatment plan specific to that patient.
or osteoporosis fracture causing the change in your back, it will not help as much for the hunch. You will always benefit neurologically from an adjustment.
I’m assuming by hunched you are referring to your upper back and neck being stuck forward. I would consult with a chiropractor for an evaluation as this is a common complaint people have. Many times, it’s something postural that can be corrected with special exercises and work on the soft tissues. It can also be that the joints of the spine are locked in a flexed position. A chiropractor can help with that as well. It is also possible that some of the bodies of the vertebrae have collapsed. That is not really correctable as it is a spinal compression fracture usually related to osteoporosis as the front of the vertebrae collapses as it is the weakest part and that turns the bones into a wedge shape instead of being more square. There are a few other causes as well that are less common.
But, a chiropractor can easily determine what is causing your concern with a simple exam and just a couple X-rays of the area. Once the cause is determined, the chiropractor should offer you treatment recommendations to correct the problem or suggest a referral to another specialist if needed. Just do not wait too long before seeking an evaluation. These problems tend to worsen over time and also become more permanent and harder to treat. The sooner you act, the better your prognosis will be. :)
I hope this helps,
Dr. Ryan Hanson