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Posture: Standing

April 18, 2014 by

Flickr: Beth Scupham CC 2.0 GenericEvery day our bodies work against the downward force of gravity; our muscle groups and ligaments keep our skeleton aligned and held together. Sometimes properly, and sometimes not. Years of learned poor posture can lead to a number of aches and pains in the body, as well as noticable changes to our natural alignment. 

The American Chiropractic Association lists these tips for proper standing posture: 

  • Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
  • Keep your knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
  • Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
  • Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.
  • Tuck your stomach in.
  • Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
  • Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.

Poor posture can be corrected, and it starts with awareness that there is a problem. Proper posture may feel uncomfortable and difficult, but it's important to remember you often times retraining muscle groups that have become weakened, and it will take time to strengthen and gradually improve.

If you have questions, or concerns about your posture, visit us for a complimentary evaluation!

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