How Poor Posture Affects Your Health


Here at our Howard County chiropractic office, we talk a lot about posture and work hard to help our patients restore a healthy posture. But why is this so important? And why do we put so much emphasis on good posture?

Because your posture actually has a lot more impact on your health than you may realize. Poor posture is the leading cause back pain and neck pain. But poor posture can do more than that. It can impact your mental well-being and lead to other potential health issues if you don’t get it treated.

Here’s what you need to know about poor posture, and the impact it may have on your health.

How Does Poor Posture Impact the Nervous System?

Before we dive into the specifics of how our Howard County chiropractic office can help with your posture, it’s important to have a better understanding of how your posture impacts your nervous system.

Chiropractors work with the spine to help relieve unnecessary pressure on the nervous system which consists of the brain, spinal cord and the nerves that go from your spinal cord throughout the body. All of these nerves are protected by your spine and therefore impact every function of your body including your organs and muscles.

When you have poor posture, it will put your spine in a stressful position and can actually change the biomechanics of your spine and therefore the way your body functions.

All of this is putting pressure on the nerves which causes pain, but also interferes with your nervous system’s ability to do its job. This is why we talk so much about posture and work with our patients to help them maintain a healthier posture for a healthier body.

What Causes Poor Posture?

There are actually a few ways you can end up with poor posture, and it’s more than just slouching when you sit.

Some psychological situations, such as poor self-esteem or depression, can actually lead to poor posture. There are also positional causes such as poor ergonomics and poor habits that can lead to issues with posture as well. We commonly see this in individuals who stand or sit for hours, especially in front of a computer. This is a common issue in individuals who are on their phone as well and struggle with what we call “tech neck.”

Poor posture can also come from structural complications, which we see a lot in our Howard County office. Scoliosis, arthritis, injuries, spinal subluxations and muscle imbalances can all lead to issues with posture.

What Health Issues Can Come From Poor Posture?

Poor posture can lead to serious issues with your nervous system, but what are some of the specific health-related side effects that can come from poor posture?

How Can Chiropractic Care Help With Posture?

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help restore normal curvature in the spine and help you maintain that healthy, straight posture. Here in our Howard County, MD office, we always take full spine x-rays so we can monitor your progress and see how your posture is improving.

In addition to regular adjustments, there are other things you can do in order to maintain a healthy posture:

Here at McAuliffe Chiropractic, we know that regular chiropractic care can help treat posture issues. We have been treating patients with posture issues in the greater Howard County and PG County areas for more than 30 years. If you have questions about your posture or you are looking for quality chiropractic care in the Howard County area book an appointment online here or call us at 301-776-0755.

Dr. Terence P. McAuliffe Jr. Family Chiropractor at McAuliffe Chiropractic Office

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