How to Reverse the Effects of Poor Posture
Updated: May 26
Can’t help slouching at your desk on the daily? It’s not too late to save your posture!
With COVID19, ergonomics has gone out the window for many as they may not have the resources to purchase the products needed to safely work at a home desk all day. When not on video calls, some clients and patients have mentioned they are lounging on the couch or sitting on a comfy chair to do their work, often in an ultimately uncomfortable position.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to poor posture and the ripple effect it has on the rest of the body. As it took some time for this hump to appear over the years from poor posture, so too will it be to reverse it. But it can be done.
What is Kyphosis?
It’s primarily forward head posture and hyper-extension of the upper neck region. It creates fatty deposit tissues at the base of the neck into the thoracic area of the spine and also results in loss of natural curvature of the spine.
Like everything with the physical body, if one area is affected, it can affect the structural integrity of other parts of the body, like a sunken chest that results in shallow breath.
What can you do to reverse the effects of poor posture and kyphosis?
1. Stay hydrated
This tip is simple. Not only is drinking water good for you, staying hydrated means you’ll be getting up more often to walk to the bathroom - a win-win!
2. Exercise regularly and do some yoga
Outside of professional help, the biggest way to prevent and reverse the effect is to practice good posture. Exercise and yoga benefit greatly as well to retrain and strengthen weak muscles and increase flexibility.
3. Use calendar reminders to check in with your posture
You could also add reminders in your work calendar every 15 or 30 minutes or so to ask how you’re sitting, one to perhaps take a quick break and do some stretching, and others to make sure you’re getting enough water.
4. Chiropractic care and massage therapy
You may be wondering, how does massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments help neck hump/kyphosis? After an assessment is made to address the kyphosis, as well as other concerns, a treatment plan is put into place for both in-person treatments as well as at-home care.
Massage therapy and chiropractic care helps to:
Increase the circulation of blood to tight muscles in the neck
Relieve pain and muscle tension in the area itself, as well as other areas affected in the body
Encourage the body back to proper spinal alignment, range of motion and muscle balance
Reduce the degeneration of the spine
More severe cases may require additional and aggressive correction. It’s best to get ahead of the curve.
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