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3 good posture tips to help your chiropractic patients stand tall


Help your patients with good posture tips so they avoid chronic issues later in life.

“Stand up straight,” “don’t slouch,” and “stop hunching over” are probably all familiar phrases from childhood onward. As annoying as it may have seemed to be constantly nagged about poor posture, there was a kernel of truth in all of it: Maintaining good posture starting early in life can prevent any number of chronic pain issues later in life as an adult.

This need for good posture becomes even more important as we age. Any number of chronic conditions common in the elderly – ranging from osteoporosis, to arthritis, to slipped or ruptured spinal discs – can be exacerbated by poor posture. Add in the fact that your odds of seeing older patients in your practice may be on the rise, simply due to the fact that the baby boomer population hit more than 76 million in 2014.1

So how can you get your patients to keep good posture habits, especially as they get older?

1. Just keep moving

We all know the importance of exercise in maintaining good health. It not only helps maintain a healthy weight, but also keeps you flexible and strong. Obviously, you cannot expect all of your patients to be marathon runners, but that’s no reason why they can’t still exercise as a way to keep their joints healthy, which will help them maintain good posture.

Low impact exercise such as yoga or tai chi are still beneficial. For example, a 2014 article looked at the effect of tai chi exercise, compared to stretching exercises or standard care, on physical function, fall rates, and quality of life among 145 elderly stroke survivors.2 The tai chi group had two-thirds fewer falls than either of the other two groups. Furthermore, the tai chi group showed better aerobic endurance.

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