Dr. Scott P. Zack,
a chiropractor with years of experience under his belt, slouching – and by association poor posture – can lead to a number of aches and pains in your neck, back and shoulders. Another potential symptom which can develop is headaches from the constant tension in your neck and shoulders, as well as fatigue stemming from being unable to breathe properly. If this is you, don’t worry. Below we’ll take a look a number of ways to fix bad posture according to Scott P. Zack.
Occasionally Check Yourself
According to Dr. Scott Zack, one of the major reasons that people slouch and develop bad posture in the first place is because they’re simply unaware of poor positioning. If you’re someone who works at an office, sits down a lot or is sedentary for long periods of time, try positioning a mirror alongside yourself. Take a glance every now and then and note the way you’re sitting. If you’re slouching, remind yourself to sit up straight. Of course, this is easier said than done, especially if your poor posture is chronic. Still, it’s a good place to start.
Professional Chiropractic Care
If you’re really struggling to maintain good posture, whether it’s from sitting at a desk all day or having a sore back from a bad mattress, then professional chiropractic care may be the key to offering some relief. Scott Zack says, “With a series of chiropractic adjustments, a chiropractor can help you set your spine correctly so that you’ll be less prone to slouching in the future.” A chiropractor can also recommend relevant exercises and other activities to do to ensure that your posture remains straight and correct.
Keep Your Weight Distributed Evenly
Another main cause of bad posture is an uneven weight distribution. This can cause pressure on joints, leading to pain and stiffness in various areas throughout the body. When standing, focus the weight on the balls of your feet to take the pressure off of your lower back. Not only will distribute the weight more evenly but it will also keep your spine straight. If you’re carrying extra weight, another potential solution is to try and lose some of it to put less pressure on your body.