How important is posture to your health? Who doesnt remember being asked to sit up straight or dont slouch when you were a kid? Posture is the window to the spine and therefore makes me want to share with you how to become more posture conscious.

An important indicator of poor postural habits is the forward head and forward rolled shoulders. This is not hard to acquire if you sit in front of a computer or at a desk most of your day at work or school. Another indicator is higher shoulder on one side and this could be from carrying a heavy school bag or just carrying a heavy purse for the ladies. Looking from the side of the body the ear shoulder and pelvis should be lined up as this would be the ideal position to keep balance and weight distribution even.

When one has chronic poor posture this leads to weaker muscles and a spine that degenerates quicker than it was designed to. Of course one of the most important and my first recommendation is to get your spine checked and start with regular spinal adjustments from a doctor of Chiropractic. This and some simple exercises in your daily routine to strengthen muscles and correct postural misalignments will get you on the way to a better life with more energy and vitality.

Find the links below to start working on your posture! Enjoy


3 Exercises to Improve Your Posture

These three exercises are simple yet powerful; practiced regularly they can fundamentally remake your posture.
  • Start by doing a set of each exercise once a day for a week or two just to get used to them. Then bump up the frequency to three times a day or whenever you feel your posture sagging.
Chin Glide

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This subtle move counteracts neck-craning. Bring your teeth gently together and slowly softly glide your head backward ̵; 1/4 to 1 inch ̵; without tilting it until you feel mild tension. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat two more times.

Mid-Back Makeover

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Extend your arms out and up to about shoulder height bent at elbows with palms pointing up. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. You should feel a stretch along your chest and the front of your shoulders. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times. If you feel sharp pain ease off until you feel only mild tension. If this hurts hold your arms a bit lower; after doing this exercise a few weeks gradually raise them.

Pelvic Tilt

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This technique trains your pelvis to support your spine. Stand using good posture. Relax your hips and let your buttocks protrude somewhat. Place thumbs on lower ribs and fingers on hip bones. Tuck your buttocks under so your hip bones line up under your lower ribs. Hold for 5 seconds then repeat at least three times.


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