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Improve Your Posture

Healthy Posture
The shortest distance between two points is a straight spine

Improve your posture.  Sometimes we forget to remember to maintain our posture and slouch.  Below are a few steps to keep in mind to help your body function better.

The human body has a specific design.  Good posture follows that design.  It is not that hard to have good posture.  Below are steps to that assist in obtaining and to improve your posture while standing.

1.   Find your center.  Proper standing posture is about alignment and balance.  It also lends an air of confidence.  Tips for achieving the correct upright posture:

  •  place your feet about shoulder width apart
  • stand up straight
  • rotating the top of the pelvis forward slightly brings it to a neutral position
  • thigh bones move under the hips
  • don’t lock your knees
  • the arch of the lower back supports the rest of the spine

2.  Keep your weight on the balls of your feet.  When you rest on your heels, your natural tendency will be to slouch.

3. Keep your shoulders squared.

4.  Pull your head back and up. Picture yourself reaching for the ceiling with the top of your head.  Keep your head square on top of the neck and spine as you pull your head back and up.  Not only will this improve your posture, you will look taller and leaner, too.  Try it!

Teach your body what it feels like to have good posture.  Stand with your back against a door or wall, with the back of your head, your shoulders, and your butt just touching it.  If it feels awkward and uncomfortable, don’t worry–as you develop good posture habits and train your body, it will feel uncomfortable to not stand this way.

Good posture starts with a strong core.  Weak core muscles are common for people with low back pain.  Poor posture can make back pain worse.  Core-strengthening exercises may help ease and prevent low back pain and will improve your posture.

Call us for an appointment to assess your posture.

Ping Shuai Gong Qi Gong

平甩功Follow up the holiday season with healthy habits, for example, practice Ping Shuai Gong Qi Gong.

Below  is a link to an instructional video on Ping Shuai Gong Qi Gong. You will feel the benefits right away, especially if you’ve been chomping at cookies, feasting with home cooked meals and sitting around too much these holidays.

Qi Gong exercises can help you with your digestion, back aches, leg and knee pains, and many other illnesses. Start with 10 minutes, then 20 minutes and eventually 30 minutes. The video has been translated in many languages. When you are familiar with the exercise, you can swing twice and then squat. Enjoy. (english is in subtitles)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX_rOySRCfs

Image credit from swinghandexercisepingshuaigong. blogspot.com

How Can Chiropractic Adjustments help you?

Healthy Posture
The shortest distance between two points is a straight spine

If you are reading this post, you might be asking yourself how can a chiropractic adjustment can help me. People come into our clinic in various shapes, sizes and conditions daily and chiropractic adjustment has helped.   If you took a poll, you would discover that people and or patients fall into two categories: one, never experienced the benefits of chiropractic treatment or two, they have already experienced the benefits.

Chiropractic adjustments make corrections to misalignments.  The technical term is that a patient may have a vertebral subluxation (misalignment).  As we in our day to day life become self-educated regarding our health along with technical advancements in diagnostics more people have discovered they have mild to moderate disc herniation without pain.  The advancement of imaging studies along with their increased use has helped.

Going to the chiropractor for preventive care is as important as going to the dentist.  You may not feel pain but preventive chiropractic treatment are vital for your overall optimal health.