Ever heard the saying “follow the path of least resistance”? Well, I don’t know if it’s always good advice, but when it comes to your posture, that’s exactly what your body does.
Think of an adolescent you need to constantly remind to sit straight, or stand tall. They do it when you ask…for 30 seconds. But quickly end up back in a bad posture. Why don’t they listen?? Interestingly, its actually uncomfortable for them to sit straight. They are “fighting” their own structure.
If you want them to sit straight, you need to change their structure so that, in a relaxed state, when “following the path of least resistance” they naturally sit with good posture. Otherwise you are simply pushing a rock up a hill, if you only tell them to sit up straight.
So…How do I change their structure????
Depending on what’s actually wrong with their posture, exercise alone may do the trick. Click HERE to see the top 3 common bad postures and how to fix them with exercise.
Also, how long the posture has been bad plays a role. Chronic conditions are slower to respond, and will probably need expert help.
A large portion of our practice is postural correction because we realise that when someone comes in with a headaches, or a back pain there is normally an underlying reason. That reason usually has something to do with bad posture – so if we truly want to correct the cause, we need to address the posture.
We use specific chiropractic adjustments which are gentle and painless, and incorporate specific postural exercise, neuromuscular rehabilitation, massage and sometimes even spinal orthotics.
Postural problems tend to get worse when ignored, and are best prevented all together.