Do YOU have Good Posture? Do you ever find yourself slouched in your chair or hunched over your computer? Take a look around you, you will find that most people are doing the same thing that you are. Does that mean that everyone needs to go to Princess training school and balance books on their head so they can get good posture? No. There are much simpler ways that can spare your back the future pain of bad posture. Maybe you are thinking to yourself, I think I have pretty good posture already, how do I know if it is not as good as I think it is? Let us give you some common symptoms of bad posture: - Your shoulders are rounded and your pecs are tight, you might experience this if you spend an excessive amount of time sitting at a computer or when you work the chest muscles a little too much at the gym and do not strengthen the upper and middle back. - Forward head carriage which basically means that your neck slants forward which can commonly be referred to as tech neck (see our social media pages for more information about how to prohibit and treat tech neck). - Hunched back - maybe you see this in your teenager or even in yourself! - Recurring headaches. Have you been experiencing frequent headaches that you just attribute to the excessive screen time recently? Well, maybe there is another cause for your headaches. Because of poor postural habits, the head puts a lot of pressure on the neck and the muscles struggle to support the weight. - Back and Neck Pain. This is one of the most common symptoms of poor posture. Because of poor posture, it results in muscular imbalances which can result in pain. Perhaps you’re also thinking to yourself why would I sit up straight or have good posture when slouching feels way better? Well, here are some tips for you that will help you that will make your spine happy and healthy. 1. Break up the length of time you spend sitting 2. Take breaks to do upper back and neck stretches. Do stretches that will increase strength in your upper back, this will help you maintain good posture. 3. A good way to relieve recurring headaches is massages and lucky for you, we have some amazing Massage therapists here in our office that can help you out! 4. Be mindful of the way that you are standing! The more you realize that you are slouching the faster you can correct it. Striving to stand up straight will help correct a lot of these symptoms. If you are still experiencing a lot of pain, please come on in and we would absolutely love to help you improve your posture and relieve your pain.