Everyone remembers a time when their parent or teacher sternly ordered them to “Not Slouch, look up,” not surprisingly they were on to something. Proper posture has shown to: keep your joints in proper alignment, decreases abnormal wear and tear on the joints, decreases the stress placed on the ligaments that support your spine, helps reduce the feeling of fatigue (this is because your muscles will be used more efficiently, which results in your body using less energy to keep you upright), it can help prevent muscular pain, increase your confidence and make you LOOK GOOD!

Your next question may be,

“Well what does proper posture look like?”

The best way to explain that is for you to first imagine a line going straight down the middle of your body as you are standing straight. The line should pass through the skull, straight down the spine, cutting through the spinous process (those are the bumpy bones that you can feel going down your spine). From the sideview, this imaginary line, should cut through the earlobe, down to the front of the shoulder, through the knee, and down to the lateral Malleolus (that’s the bone that you can feel on the outside of your ankle).

For Proper posture, your body should align

For Proper posture, your body should align

From here you are probably wondering, “what can I do to improve my posture?” There are many ways to do that:

1. Be mindful of your posture when you are standing straight. Remember that Imaginary line.

2. Chiropractic care- has shown to help maintain proper posture

3. Stretching has shown to not only improve flexibility, it also relaxes tightened muscles related to poor posture.

Finally, be mindful of your body’s needs, never stretch past your body’s tolerance, always stay hydrated, and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your Chiropractor!