Woman Balancing BookEver try balancing a book on your head (for more than a second)? To do it, you need more than just patience; you need good posture.  Why is good posture so important? It's pretty simple. When the spine is properly aligned with its natural curvature and the entire body – from the ears to the shoulders to the hips, knees and down to the ankles and feet – is in balance, we maximize spine health and avoid poor posture related pain and dysfunction. Good posture creates ideal balance; it also optimizes breathing and circulation.  Improve your posture and you will improve your health.  And shouldn't we all want to achieve that?

By strengthening your posture with 10 minutes a day of posture exercise, along with regular chiropractic care, you can stand taller, with less pain, and actually age better. Daily posture exercise creates an awareness of body placement, helps stretch shortened muscles and ligaments, and gives people the ability to stay active. According to a 2001 study in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, posture exercises also strengthen muscles that have weakened. Stronger posture not only helps back and neck pain; patients also report improvement with problems ranging from knee pain to headaches, and many say they feel, and look, taller.

The relationship between posture and general health is not surprising, since posture is the physical end result of how your body is dealing with the millions of inputs about your environment the brain receives from the nervous system every second. In fact, if you want to know how a person is feeling today, look at their posture and how they move. Is their motion stiff and guarded, like an old person? Or do they move smoothly, with grace and ease? When someone has strong posture, you look at them and know they have energy and vitality.

May is National Correct Posture Month and Patrick Chiropractic in Raleigh is offering a complimentary new patient consultation and postural evaluation (a $75 value*).  Call our office today at 919-790-2288 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dale Patrick and take your first step to improve your posture and improve your health!
*If you decide to purchase additional treatment, you have the legal right to change your mind within three days and receive a refund.

(Article from To Your Health editorial staff)

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