Not only is poor posture unattractive, it can severely effect your overall health and vitality causing headaches, fatigue, digestive & even respiratory issues to name a few.
For every 2-3 cm your head moves forward, the load on your neck and shoulders DOUBLES
Ways to improve your posture:
- Minimise time sitting down and stand whenever possible. Standing desks are a great option for those who must work at a computer.
- When standing, balance your weight equally on both feet with knees relaxed, concentrate on having your chest up and out, shoulders back and down, belly button pulled into spine.
- Move regularly. Walking barefoot and swimming is a great start.
- Minimise chest work outs at the gym and concentrate on back extension exercises such as rowing, super-mans and lat pull-downs.
- Have regular chiropractic adjustments.
- Lie on a posture pole daily: Start with 5 minutes and work your way up, until you are able to comfortably lie for 20 minutes. See instructions.
If you’re unfamiliar with a Posture Pole:
- Start by lying on your back, head and bottom both on the pole.
- Make sure your chin is tucked down, and knees bent.
- Let your arms hang comfortably to your sides with your palms facing up. When comfortable, move arms out to be 90 degrees to your body.
- Breathe slowly and deeply, and let gravity do the work. Simple!
- For a more unwinding and calming experience, play music or a guided meditation (Smiling Minds app, Andrew Johnson relax app) on your phone.
- *Please note the posture pole does not correct subluxations.
For more information ask us at OLIVE or visit SD Protocol.
See you on the adjusting table,
Dr. Bree & the OLIVE Chiropractic Team