Individuals do not have a poor posture on purpose. It becomes a habit that just goes on until discomfort or pain present. Body awareness is known as proprioception. Proprioception is known as muscle sense or joint position sense. This is the subconscious nature of the body’s understanding of its position in space and the ability to position ourselves comfortably.
Achieving proper and healthy posture means there needs to be a constant mindset of staying aware of how the body is positioned. Then regular adjustments of body position are required to maintain healthy body awareness and from getting into bad habits. To illustrate this consider walking forward in complete darkness. The body knows its relative position even without seeing and understands its existence in space. This is a function of the brain.
It is part of the subconscious and so have little to no control over it. Because of this individuals begin to lapse into poor poster habits. An example tilting the head when looking forward or all the way down when checking the phone. Over time, these bad habits contribute to spinal misalignment. This is where chiropractic can help individuals realize their proprioception tendencies and actively relearn and strengthen positive body awareness and break away from negative postural habits.
Body Awareness Habits
Laying the groundwork for correction of body awareness involves understanding the body’s unconscious habits and the damage that is occurring. Chiropractic is highly effective for outlining what is happening with the help of radiological imaging and spinal curvature benchmarks. Once an individual begins to understand how their posture and spine health are being affected, they can make adjustments to combat this. This requires constant vigilance by the individual to actively realize and correct proprioception.
Optimal Body Exercises
For individuals that have engaged in dysfunctional habits for years, a chiropractor may recommend optimal loading exercises. This process involves teaching how to better balance the body for optimal posture development. For example, a chiropractor will have a patient strengthen a weak leg that is shifting the body’s weight to the other dominant leg that results in unbalanced weight distribution causing hip and back pain.
Another example of optimal loading may include executing a series of motions/movements with the non-dominant side. The goal of optimal loading is to train the brain to balance the body in a healthier fashion, instead of reverting to a bad habit.
Ergonomics can also help correct dysfunctional proprioception. They can help to address specific defaults of the subconscious. For example, the positioning of a computer screen at the correct height and angle can improve the habit of turning or tilting the head. Another example is utilizing custom foot orthotics to balance the feet and prevent pronation. A chiropractor can determine exactly where the ergonomic intervention will have a significant effect in correcting dysfunctional proprioception.
Chiropractic postural adjustments, optimal loading exercises, and ergonomics are all recommended tools in rehabilitating and preventing bad posture habits. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic will explore every possible approach to help patients understand and overcome the bodys bad habits, and help them achieve optimal spine health.
Muscles get weaker with too much sitting
When sitting the gluteal muscles, abdominal muscles, and legs become dormant. Sitting for extended periods day after day causes these muscles to begin to degenerate. Metabolism is linked with body composition. Having more muscle increases metabolism and helps the body burn more calories.
Any muscle loss, especially from the lower body which is the largest muscle group, can lead to progressive fat gain if the diet is not adjusted. With time gradual muscle loss from the lower body can hurt functional strength, and older age increases the risk of falls and affects the quality of life.
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