Posture, Balance and its Effect on Seniors

Good posture is as important as eating right or having a good exercise routine. Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Maintaining good posture is important to the senior spine.

Do you have back or neck pain? Often this is the result of stress, but it’s important to also take a look at your posture. Pain in your lower, mid and upper back could the result of pushing your shoulders unnaturally forward or standing unevenly (leaning hard to one side).

Crossing your legs when you’re seated can shift your pelvis (one side will be higher than the other) and can cause lower back pain. Constantly looking down, slouching or using electronic devices, this could be the culprit behind your seemingly incessant neck pain.

Reduce Joint Stress

Think about what your posture is like when you’re standing. Some of us tend to lean heavily on one side when we’re standing in line or just chatting with someone. This puts your body out of alignment and may put extra pressure on your hip and knee, causing pain.

If pain is preventing you from standing upright or sitting correctly you may also need to seek assistance from a health care provider. Chiropractors have training in identifying postural issues and provide care including treatment, home exercises and other advice.

Keep Active

Do not to stop exercising when chronic health conditions arise, but to use exercise to help maintain posture and manage the symptoms of such conditions.  Doing some simple weight-bearing exercises at home, like walking or climbing stairs (if you’re currently stable on your feet) to help maintain muscle balance and reduce any breakdown in your vertebrae. Continuing to exercise and maintain muscle strength is essential for seniors. 

Chiropractic Correct Posture

Chiropractors are trained professionals who assess posture. Ensuring keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly. This can decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain. If you would like to improve your posture, please call the clinic to arrange an appointment with one of our experienced chiropractors today!