We have talked a lot about ways to improve your posture (i.e. through desk ergonomics, exercises, sleep form, etc.) but do you ever wonder why your posture matters?
Lots of us spend our evenings curled up in a ball watching Netflix or with our head bent over the phone scrolling through Facebook. Your posture matters because all these hours with your spine bent all sorts of ways add up over time!
We know it’s easy to find reasons not to come to a chiropractor –
- If you’re not currently in pain, it’s hard to justify making time to swing by.
- Maybe you’d rather save money right now or spend it elsewhere.
- You don’t think posture really has much effect on your quality of life.
These reasons are understandable, but they don’t consider your spinal health in the long-term.
- Poor posture now can mean pain down the road.
- Each time you slouch, your muscles and ligaments aren’t able to function as intended. So now, other muscles and ligaments are picking up the slack and are strained. The strained muscles and ligaments may not bother you now but over time they become less able to compensate and may become painful.
- Not caring for your spine now can cause more expensive complications later.
- Our bodies are highly adaptable so the more often you have poor posture, the more your body reverts to this position. Decades of poor posture isn’t fixed in a couple of visits! It takes consistent work through rehabilitative exercises over several weeks (as well as a conscientious effort to maintain good posture in daily life) which can be pricey!
- Once your spine has adapted to poor posture after years of reinforcement, it can e difficult to return to a healthy curvature.
- Over time, your postural muscles and ligaments weaken and become unable to maintain good posture. Correcting this later in life after years of poor posture reinforcement takes some work.
With all this being said, we know it’s not realistic to have good posture 24/7! We’re all human. We just ask that you keep your short-term and long-term spinal health in mind.
Start by making small changes to your routine that encourage good posture (such as setting up your workspace ergonomically or taking breaks from sitting to stretch). Check out our other blog posts for more tips on how to take care of your spine!