Remember the days when mom was always nagging you to “stand up straight”? She was right.
Posture is incredibly important. It changes the way you carry yourself, but it also comes with several more benefits:
- Keeps your joints and bones aligned properly
- Reduces the stress placed on your ligaments
- Reduces your risk of back injury
- Conserves energy
- Reduces wear on joints and muscles
- Improves digestion
- Boosts mood
Just by sitting, standing, and walking with good posture, you’ll notice an immediate effect on the way you look and how you feel.
But working from home has made sustaining good posture more challenging than ever. Outside of the office, we’re left to work with whatever chairs and tables we can find around the house. Most dining room tables, kitchen counters, and bar stools are not ergonomically designed to support your spine for a long day of work.
If your poor WFH posture has led to pain, your chiropractor can help. Here’s a bit more about the posture issues chiropractic can treat and the ways your doctor can help.
WFH Posture Issues Chiropractic Can Treat
Some of the most common WFH posture problems that chiropractors see include:
- Forward Head Posture (Tech Neck) – From looking downward at phones, computers, and tablets
- Kyphosis (Hunchback) – From slouching over while sitting or standing
- Unleveled Hips or Pelvis – Caused by tight flexors from excessive sitting
- Postural Scoliosis – Curvature of the spine caused by bad posture
Three Ways Chiropractic Can Support Healthy WFH Posture
A chiropractor has a few tricks up his or her sleeve that can be used to treat bad posture and relieve the pain that comes along with it. Depending on the root cause of your pain, your chiropractor may elect to perform any of the following:
1. Chiropractic Adjustment
An adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, pressure is applied to specific areas of the body to adjust the vertebrates of the spine and release any pinched nerves. To perform this process, you will be asked to lie in a specific position, and then the chiropractor applies pressure to re-align the area. If you feel or hear a “pop,” don’t worry – that’s just from gas being discharged from your joints as they are moved.
2. Specialized Tissue Work
Chiropractors can manually work on strained tissues like ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, and the bones they are attached to. Using strengthening exercises and muscle releases, the chiropractor can correct soft tissue imbalances to make sitting and standing more comfortable.
3. Stretching, Massage, and Rehabilitation
By performing specific stretches as recommended by your chiropractor, you can increase your muscle strength and reduce tension in the muscles that are leading to your poor posture. With a regular chiropractic care regimen of massage, stretching and exercising, you can give your muscles a break from what they’re used to and ease the tension associated with bad posture.
The Bottom Line
If you’re experiencing pain and tightness from poor posture that you’ve developed while WFH, know that you don’t have to live like this. Many people don’t realize that chiropractors have the skills, experience, and resources to help identify causes of poor posture and associated pain as well as strengthen and relieve the muscles to support better posture for life.
Don’t wait another day in pain. Contact our St. Petersburg, FL, chiropractor’s office at (727) 521-4244 to schedule an appointment to treat your poor posture for good.