How Poor Posture Affects Your Joint Pain

               Poor Posture is something that contributes to people dealing with back pain, neck pain or other types of joint pain. So I ask you, when is the last time you looked in the mirror and noticed your back slightly hunched or your head and neck positioned forward instead of sitting directly over your shoulders? Well, if you haven’t looked but you have noticed an ongoing discomfort in your neck, back, shoulders, hips, etc…then you need to have your spine and posture checked.

                Many people see chiropractors for neck pain, back pain, headaches or other extremity joint pains. What most people may not know is that most of these patients have not been in traumatic accidents or had a recent injury. Most of these patients come in due to an accumulation of bumps and bruises and wear and tear throughout their life, over the course of many years. Well these small incidents add up and our bodies show this by not only signaling pain but by also distorting and molding a poor posture to adapt to the stress and strain on our joints and soft tissues over time.

                Some patients do come in from a recent accident or injury but as I mentioned before most patients come in for chronic conditions that these patients have been dealing with for the past several months or years. Your spine and skeleton were designed to have a specific posture and positioning while walking, standing or sitting. If a patient’s poor posture is left uncorrected, it will of course get worse but so will their pain and symptoms. Patients in these positions, left uncorrected are also allowing their bodies to breakdown quicker and degenerate faster as opposed to a patient that is correcting their posture and problems through chiropractic. This chiropractic patient is not only slowing down the degeneration process but stopping it as well.

                As a chiropractor, we are able to correct the poor posture and also strengthen these areas that have weakened over time. By using a chiropractic adjustment, treating the muscles, tendons, ligaments and having patients perform a series of functional posture improving exercises we get great results and happy patients that feel and look better.

If you are concerned about your posture and(or) you have had nagging low back, neck or other types of joint pain, then click the link for a FREE consult.