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What Does Posture Really Matter?

School kids sitting on the grassToday, it’s rare that you don’t need to spend hours at your computer each day. Even if you aren’t always at a desk, your mobile or tablet seems to need your attention frequently. When you look at your device or computer monitor, your head tilts forward. Though it may only be a slight degree, each inch of movement adds an astounding 10 pounds of pressure to your neck!

The Pressure of Bad Posture

When there is greater pressure on your neck, a cascade of harmful side effects occur. The muscles in your neck and shoulders tighten. You might experience headaches, tingling and numbness in the arms and pain in the shoulder or neck.

The absence of pain does not, however, mean that you’re not affected by your posture. Discomfort is just a small piece of the pie when it comes to your health. Improper posture can also take a toll on your organ function and overall mood, according to recent studies.

Your Kids and Posture

Did you know that more than 50% of 6- and 7-year-olds have postural issues? Though they were otherwise healthy, they showed signs of forward head posture, imbalanced shoulders or rounded shoulders.

Their posture problems may lead to damaged spines, premature aging and a breakdown of their spinal and overall health.

How We Can Help Your Family

There is no age limit on chiropractic—children and adults alike can visit the chiropractor. At Lindenwoods Chiropractic, we specialize in postural correction. In the coming years, we believe there will be a major shift within chiropractic. The focus will change toward assisting people in recovering from their improper posture. We will give you a detailed examination, provide you with the care you need and discuss what you can do to improve your posture.

Ergonomics and other lifestyle tips will give you valuable action steps to stop your bad posture in its tracks, preventing or even reversing the ill effects.

If you’d like to learn more, be sure to check out our podcast The Healthy Commute – Episode 2: The Posture Epidemic Affecting the “Z” Generation!

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