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Tips to Maintaining Proper Posture

Oct 01, 2014 11:44AM ● By Dr. Binh Nguyen, CCSP, CKTP

An estimated 80 percent of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life. Sometimes the simplest of activities, such as relaxing or even sleeping, can wreak as much havoc on the body as standing for hours at a time. But what constitutes good posture? Proper posture allows for all body parts to be balanced and supported whether standing, sitting or lying down.

A healthy back has three natural curves, an inward or forward curve, an outward or backward curve, and an inward curve at the lower back. People with good posture will maintain these three curves, while poor-postured individuals will suffer from strained or pulled muscles that cause pain. Chiropractors are experts at analyzing posture and spinal problems and are trained in the art of detection and searching for the problems that exist as a result of poor posture. By analyzing spinal curvatures and alignment, a chiropractor is able to determine what contributes to the postural problem.

It is important to pay attention to our posture at all times. Proper posture helps us stand, walk, sit and lie in positions that place the least strain on the supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. The American Chiropractic Association states that correct posture should help keep bones and joints in correct alignment; reduce stress on ligaments holding spinal joints together; allow muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and prevent muscle fatigue; and help prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders and even back and muscular pain.

Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on the postural muscles. This strain can cause the muscles to relax when held in certain positions for extended periods of time, which makes them more susceptible to injury and chronic pain. There are many factors that contribute to poor posture, but in most cases, people suffer because of stress, obesity and weak postural muscles.

It is possible to improve posture with the right kind of help. While many things can be learned on the internet, it is most beneficial to seek professional help when dealing with one’s health. A chiropractor can assist with proper posture by recommending exercises to strengthen core postural muscles and proper postures to use during activities, helping to reduce the risk of injury.

Dr. Binh Nguyen is a certified chiropractic sports physician at Cedar Chiropractic & Sports, located at 77 W. Main St., Ste. 203B, Hopkinton. For more information, call 508-435-8182 or visit

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