Are you worried about your posture? Perhaps you’ve noticed that you’re slouching a lot whilst working or watching TV. Or you’ve started to develop back pain? If so, you may be wondering “Can a chiropractor help with posture?” The good news is that in most cases they can. Read on to find out how a chiropractor can help fix your poor posture.
Often becoming worse as we age, a bad posture can be easy to develop without even thinking about it. Many people have poor posture due to spending long periods of time leaning over their computer screen, slouching in a chair, or even just carrying a heavy backpack when they walk. Being overweight or pregnant, or wearing high heels or poor-quality shoes can also cause you to develop a bad posture.
Bad postures involve the spine moving out of its neutral alignment position. This causes the muscles, joints and ligaments to become misaligned as well, placing stress on them and making the body less flexible. If you have bad posture you may experience muscle or joint strain; back, neck or head pain; and possible injury during exercise or work. The most common examples of bad posture are forward head, kyphosis, swayback and flatback. A chiropractor will be able to tell you if you have one of these postural conditions.
A chiropractor can help you correct poor posture such as the forward head position. And realign the spine to help the body begin functioning optimally again. They will perform a full examination to assess the root cause of your posture issues. This is necessary before any treatment can begin.
Your chiropractor will observe the way you sit and walk, and inspect your spine. Check for any deviations of posture, test your range of motion and flexibility and assess your muscle strength. Once they have all this information, they can then decide on the best way to improve your posture. Then create a bespoke treatment plan. Your plan could include a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage and strengthening exercises to do at home.
Your chiropractor may carry out a series of chiropractic adjustments when trying to fix your posture. A chiropractic adjustment involves applying gentle force to a spinal joint in order to properly align the body and the spine. Manipulating the parts of the body that may be disrupting nerves. These adjustments can help to reduce tension and stiffness in the muscles. Reducing pain and discomfort and improving movement. Chiropractors also tend to use soft tissue manipulation, focusing on overactive muscles that have been compensating for those weaker muscles due to the imbalance that poor posture has created.
A key element of treating your poor posture is performing exercises yourself at home. Your chiropractor will recommend a number of exercises for you to do alongside your regular chiropractic sessions. They may also suggest making changes to your lifestyle, such as changing your sleeping position, your diet or even your work chair. Since it’s practically impossible for anyone to maintain a healthy posture unsupported for a long time, it’s important that your furniture supports your back.
Since a bad posture can have such a big impact on your life, you may be wondering how it will take for a chiropractor to fix it. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to give an exact timeframe. A full examination needs to be carried out for a chiropractor to provide an estimate of how long it’s likely to take to your correct posture. Chiropractic adjustments along with exercises could improve your posture in around two to four weeks. However, for some, it might take a number of months or even years. In serious cases, surgery might be required to correct the alignment of the spine.
Bad posture can lead to all sorts of problems if it’s allowed to go untreated. Whilst back and neck pain are the most common symptoms of poor posture, it can also result in headaches and migraines, trouble walking and even trouble breathing in the most serious cases. Poor spinal posture can also cause nerve damage since the nerves can become compressed, triggering pain in the legs and hands. Don’t ignore bad posture any longer, not when it can be treated successfully by our experienced chiropractors in Doncaster.
“Can a chiropractor help with posture?” is one of the most frequent questions we get asked here at Thorne Road Chiropractic Clinic. This isn’t too surprising when you consider that poor posture often arises from modern-day habits such as working in front of a computer and looking down at a smartphone. Poor posture is becoming increasingly common.
Fortunately, it can be improved or even fixed in most cases. Our chiropractors in Doncaster are on hand to create a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs and begin treating your bad posture. At Thorne Road, many of our clients are suffering from the symptoms of poor posture, which goes to show just how common this problem really is.
Look no further if you’re looking for chiropractic care of the highest standards. Fully accredited by the British Chiropractic Association and the General Chiropractic Council, you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands at Thorne Road.
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