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Posted on 09-08-2016

It’s that time of year again! New clothes, unsharpened pencils, and the rumble of buses fill the air. School is back in session, but are you and your kids putting your “back” into it?

Many people don’t realize how bad posture can affect their lives. In fact, most people think they have great posture, even if they don’t consult a professional or look at what their posture should be. Let’s take a little survey: do you have poor circulation, high stress, high blood pressure, or a tendency toward depression? Are you afflicted by tension headaches, or back, neck, or wrist pain? Have you been constipated? These are some of the effects of poor posture—and they’re easily fixed!

Whether you’re in class or in an office, long time spent at a desk is an easy way to slip into a tough position. You sit there for so long you let your elbow rest on your desk, you slump forward, your back hunches, your shoulders round forward. This is a pretty common position. It’s how most people sit after more than an hour, or whenever they stop paying attention, and it’s also why most people wind up with long term aches and pains, even arthritis.

When we sit in these high stress positions, our muscles have to work harder to keep the spine stabilized. This protects us from major injury, but ironically cause muscle tightness and fatigue, leading to an increased risk of minor injury. Over time, though, this fatigue puts pressure on the spine, causing it to curve into dangerous positions that will hurt you and your ability to stay healthy. After a long time with these issues, you might experience subluxations—a misaligned vertebra that can cause severe spinal irritation.

It goes without saying that you don’t want to suffer from these problems, and I’m pretty sure you don’t want your kids to have them either! Luckily, it’s very easy to develop great posture habits.

Begin by just being aware of your posture. Are you sitting up straight, your back stretched out and tall? Is your head sitting right over your shoulders, or is it extended forward, over the torso? When standing, are your hips straight, or tilted forward or backward?

If you think any of these elements are out of line for you, or you aren’t sure and want an evaluation, we here at Holton Chiropractic do posture checks to make sure you’re in your best shape. The effects of posture damage can be treated and reversed easily with a few chiropractic sessions, and our physical therapist can teach you exercises to strengthen the back, neck, abdominals, and hip flexors, ensuring you stay healthy for a long, long time.

Be sure to bring your kids in too! We work on teenagers, who are the most at risk for these injuries, to keep them in tip-top shape. Good posture and routine chiropractic treatments keep your mind sharp and your body free from injuries. Stop by or call today to set up your appointment!

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