spine healthDid you know that spinal integrity is connected to postural health? The two reinforce each other: good posture supports spinal health and a healthy spine makes maintaining good posture easier. And, when both your spine and your posture are positive, your overall quality of life is certain to be better.

The benefits of strong posture are surprising. Because of the pivotal role the spine plays in everything from motion to transmitting nerve signals, it’s one of the most important parts of your body. Having good posture (and in turn, good spinal health) means everything from living pain free to feeling generally better in all that you do. Conversely, poor posture and lackluster spine health can open the door for a number of health problems.

A chiropractor is your partner in maintaining overall health, via assisting with postural and spinal health. The experienced team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC wants to help you mitigate discomfort, pain, and chronic issues by helping you better support your spine. Here are six things our chiropractors recommend to support postural health:

  1. Wear footwear to support your spine: Your whole body is connected and that starts with your feet. Wearing proper shoes that provide support for your entire foot is an important first step toward restoring spinal health. The spine is always involved in movement – whether it be running, walking, or jumping – and so are your feet. Our team assesses how your spine is supported at its very lowest level, by taking a look at your shoes and how they help with posturing.
  2. Keep your body aligned when both standing and sitting: When you mention posture, most people probably think back to childhood, when an adult would scold them about slouching while sitting. It’s important not to slouch, which is certainly true now that most people’s jobs involve sitting at a computer. However, it’s also important to keep your weight evenly balanced while standing, too. A chiropractor can show you the proper spinal curvature for sitting and standing positions, to make you more cognizant of proper posture.
  3. Stay active: Throughout the day, get regular motion in. Movement shouldn’t be relegated to a single, scheduled hour per day. Every twenty minutes or so, get up and get moving! You could do some simple stretches to keep your back, neck, and shoulders from cramping up, or just simply walk around. Movement prevents gravity from taking hold and compressing your spine, while also giving you a chance to relax certain muscles while exercising certain other ones.
  4. Adopt a regular exercise program: In addition to basic movement, it’s also important to do some more strenuous activity at least a few times a week. Whether it’s playing sports, going for a run, or swimming, regular exercise supports spinal health. Exerting yourself in a healthy setting means keeping your spine loose and limber.
  5. Always be cognizant of your posture: It’s easy to neglect your posture by simply forgetting about it. But, your body will remind you of poor posture when you experience bouts of pain. Adopting sound ergonomic techniques is key to restoring spinal integrity. This way, you’ll keep good posture without ever having to think about it.
  6. See your chiropractor regularly: A chiropractor is a trained expert in spinal health. Your chiropractor can provide advice on posture, along with other lifestyle matters that affect the spine. Chiropractic is a treatment plan that helps each individual patient with their unique problems. To reap these advantages and maintain a healthy spine and posture, you need to keep in regular contact with your chiropractor.

Come to Graybar Chiropractic for the best spinal care in Wilmington, NC! Contact us today for a free consultation or to learn more about Chiropractic BioPhysics: our customized approach to chiropractic care.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.