Feeling down? Straighten up!
No, seriously. Current research shows that slouching may be making you grouchy.
Dr. Michael Hall of BrainDC was interviewed recently and he asked, “If you see a person with their head held high, are they depressed?” Generally, not. He says there is a direct correlation between posture, happiness and chiropractic care. Professor of Health Education at San Francisco State University, Erik Peper, conducted a study where students were asked to either walk down a hallway in a slouch position or to skip. It’s no surprise that the ‘slouchers’ reported a drop in energy and their feeling of depression increased.
WHAT IS GOOD POSTURE?
Posture is how you balance your body. Yet, there’s no perfect posture, and it’s more than just standing up straight. What is the best posture? Some say it’s your next posture – actively changing your sitting or standing position throughout the day.
RESULTS OF POOR POSTURE
We all know that a slumped posture is not good. But, it’s not really a slump. It’s your muscles and ligaments dragging your neck down and pulling your chest and shoulders forward and down. This can be a dangerous thing over time. Your body is an intricate machine. When one part is off, it can affect all the other parts. There are many ways that bad posture habits can mess with you:
Want to live longer? Research suggests that the way you hold your body while standing or sitting is an indicator of how long and how well you’ll live. We naturally get shorter as we age, but if you add posture-related back problems to the mix, you put your nervous system and all your organs at risk. Over time, simply allowing poor posture to get worse can shorten your life.
HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE CORRECTS POSTURE
Here’s the good news. In most cases, chiropractic care has helped many people regain the healthy posture they thought they lost. Through a course of corrective care, simple chiropractic adjustments can get you back in alignment. When your body is functioning effectively, you feel more energetic, healthier and happier.
To start, your chiropractor does an assessment of your spine and joints to check for restrictions or dysfunctions. Adjustments are performed to correct any that are found and to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. This helps your body work as it was designed to.
Once your joint issues have been resolved, your chiropractor checks for postural imbalances – uneven hips, pelvis or shoulders, spine curvature, forward head posture, etc. These can have serious impact on your body’s central nervous system. Once corrected, your body will work more optimally. Over time, your overall health and happiness will improve through regular chiropractic adjustments, strength exercises and sound nutrition.
 Spinalresearch.com.au – Posture, Happiness and the Effect of Chiropractic, 2017 https://spinalresearch.com.au/posture-happiness-effect-chiropractic/
 SF State News – Research on posture yields insight into treating depression, 2012 https://news.sfsu.edu/research-posture-yields-insight-treating-depression