Posture is the Foundation | By Dr. Michelle Irwin

Posture is the Foundation

Chiropractic Kirkland WA Proper Pillow

By Dr. Michelle Irwin

May is Posture Month!

Something disturbing is becoming very clear, our spines are changing at a faster rate than ever before. We are seeing teenagers in the office with degeneration that takes on average 10 years to show on x-rays. This means that as toddlers they began the process of degeneration rather than the process of developing the proper curves our spinal cords need to clearly send the signals necessary for the proper function of our body.

We all remember hearing our parents and grandparents tell us to sit up straight, don’t slouch, walk with our heads up, etc.…. This advice remains important as adults but even more so for the kids in our lives. With computer work, heavy backpacks, phone use, and awkward sleeping positions at early ages, these reversals in postural curves are leading to more issues at younger ages.

A scary truth is that children don’t feel pain the same way in their spine as we do as adults until puberty. This means they can’t always tell us something is wrong until they are teens. That is when they began having severe pain or organ issues that could have been avoided.

A good practice for all ages while on devices or reading is to have tummy time, yes, even as adults! This helps to keep your head and neck in a position over your shoulders while you enjoy your pastime.

Also, there are 4 simple daily exercises that will help change your life and make it more comfortable to keep a good posture and stay healthy.

Chiropractic Kirkland WA Chin Retraction

Chin Retraction: Move your head straight back while keeping your jaw and eyes level.

Chiropractic Kirkland WA Lower Trap Activation

Lower Trap Activation: Pull your shoulder blades down and together while sitting or standing up straight. Hold your elbows to your side like holding a piece of paper to your side without lifting your shoulders to your head.

Chiropractic Kirkland WA Low Cobra No Hands

Low Cobra No Hands: Face down on your stomach, lift your head and upper chest off the floor while bringing your hands just off the floor or out to the side as shown.

Chiropractic Kirkland WA Seated Rows With Band

Seated Row With Bands: Seated with bands wrapped around your feet, engage your core muscles while pulling your arms straight back without lifting your shoulders or arching your back.

Then when you are done with your day, and you are laying down to sleep you can keep working on having good posture habits. The Proper Pillow we carry is designed by Chiropractors to help maintain the proper neck curve when sleeping on your back or side. It is a great way to stay mindful of your posture even when you are taken to faraway places in your dreams.

Remember posture is the foundation of how everything in your body works, functions, looks, and how feel. When we stay on top of good habits, we can have a long and active life.

Chiropractic care focuses on healing the body naturally, holistically, and without the use of medication from the inside out. If you need help getting out of pain, schedule an appointment today!

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13325 100th Avenue NE Suite D
Kirkland, WA 98034
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