Posture Correction Specialist Monmouth County NJ

Posture can affect an individual’s spinal alignment and overall health; posture correction by Dr. Tom Gustafson of the Active Healing Center for Wellness in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Can help relieve pain and restore function.

Posture Correction Q & A

by Tom Gustafson, DC

What is Good Posture?

The term posture refers to body position, whether the patient is standing, sitting or even lying down. Good posture promotes spinal alignment, which is the primary focus of posture correction. When a patient is standing correctly, the shoulders are back, the abdomen is flat and the head, trunk, and thighs are in a straight line. Good posture is not stiff, but relaxed, with minimal stress on joints like the hips and knees. The overly-straight and rigid posture that is sometimes seen in military personnel, for example, is not good posture.

Why Does Posture Matter?

Everything in the musculoskeletal system is connected to something else — bones are connected at joints, muscles are attached to bones, etc. Poor posture skews and stresses these connections so that muscles have to work harder and the joints suffer from increased wear and tear. Serious back injuries can result from lifting with poor posture. Posture also affects appearance and can make people look older.

What Are the Signs of Poor Posture?

Some signs of poor posture are clearly visible, even to a lay person. Hunched shoulders and slumping are easy to see, while a forward head carriage and rounded upper back are also readily apparent. Other signs, like an excessive arch in the lower back, may be less easily discerned. Chronic pain — especially neck or back pain — is another indication of poor posture. In addition to the visible signs, poor posture often coexists with other conditions, like obesity and weak abdominal or back muscles.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Poor posture usually results from one of three causes: spinal misalignment, weak or uneven muscles and lack of knowledge. Education can help patients become aware of their body mechanics and position, which is the first step toward correcting the problem. A chiropractor can correct spinal misalignments with joint adjustments and teach the patient how to strengthen or stretch uneven muscles so they can work together in a balanced fashion.