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Poor Posture

Do you find yourself slouching when you stand up straight? Are simple things in life becoming increasingly difficult to do because of pain in your back? You may be suffering from poor posture which can lead to a variety of health problems ultimately forcing you from living a normal and healthy active lifestyle.

Poor posture is a common cause for back and neck pain. Statistics show that 80% of American's will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. One of the first indicators of poor posture is a slouching or forward head posture. This posture closes down on lymphatic drainage in the neck and will cause more strain on the posterior neck muscles. Many causes of poor posture include injuries, car accidents, consistent use of computers, and loss of exercise.

Here are some common causes of poor posture:

• Sitting on top of your wallet
• High heels
• Sitting at a computer for long durations. Lack of movement causes shortening of hamstrings and lower back muscles
• Lack of abdominal strength

Symptoms of poor posture include rounded shoulders, a potbelly, and bent knees when standing, a head that leans either forward or backwards, back pain, body aches, muscle fatigue, and headaches.

Chiropractic doctors are trained to evaluate and help restore proper posture. Here at North Decatur Health Care, we have been serving Dekalb County for over 10 years and have helped hundreds of patients relieve pains associated with poor posture caused by a variety of issues. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to live a healthy and active lifestyle, and most importantly, pain-free.

If not treated quickly and properly, poor posture will cause many back pains that will come up later in life, it is always better to get checked out on a regular basis.

Here are some tips to maintaining good posture:

• Avoid sitting in soft, squashy chairs.
• Use lumbar rolls to support your lower back when sitting in regular chairs or driving a car.
• Make sure your mattress is supportive enough to keep your spine straight.
• Use pillows that support your neck.
• Keep your back straight and use your thigh muscles when lifting heavy weights.
• Sit up straight when sitting at your desk and make sure you sit to the back of the chair and make sure your feet are flat on the floor.

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