How We Improve Posture in Springfield, IL
Comprehensive Consult and Exam
As a new patient, your journey at the Springfield Wellness Center will begin with a detailed first visit that includes a consultation and examination. One of our chiropractors will sit down with you and discuss your problems and how they are affecting your life. They will also discuss what your goals are – improving posture happens to be a goal for a majority of our new patients. This consultation helps our doctors get to know you personally and understand you on a level that allows them to provide the most accurate recommendations for your care.
After the consultation, they will do a thorough examination including orthopedic, neurologic, and functional movement testing. They will also perform a posture scan, which they will review with you at your follow-up appointment. If the posture scan indicates that you have poor posture, then posture correction will likely feature in your recommendations for care. It is simply too important a piece of the puzzle to set to the side and not address.
Specific Chiropractic Care in Springfield, IL
Chiropractic care is the focal point of your care at the Springfield Wellness Center. Working towards better spinal alignment is always the number one goal for improving the lives of our patients. It is simply not possible to have good posture while having a spine full of subluxations, or misalignments in the spine. They create imbalance throughout the spine, muscles, and joints. When the spine is restored to proper alignment, the nervous system is able to heal and become more balanced, and this can help achieve better balance in the muscles surrounding the spine.
Chiropractic care is a lot like working out – you cannot expect to get immediate results from one or two visits. It takes time and consistency with visits to overcome months or years of bad postural habits, but the body will adapt over time. The body is smart and knows that if given the right care and attention it can truly thrive, which can drastically improve your quality of life and health.
Custom Exercise Plan
Other than chiropractic, corrective exercise is the cornerstone to achieving better posture. Remember, muscle imbalance from the way we sit, stand, and move is what drives poor postural habits over time. Teaching these muscles to work in a more balanced way is what helps posture improve over time. However, it HAS to be done consistently.
The body is willing to adapt if regularly exposed to the change you wish to create. If you are not consistent in your approach, it will slow down or stop your progress altogether. When working to change posture, not only are you removing poor postural habits, but you are also working to create new, proper postural habits. When your body recognizes good posture as normal, it will always want to return to that if it ever strays.
Massage and Soft Tissue Work
Many times, we will have patients who are working on their posture with a significant amount of muscle tension that has built up over time due to poor postural habits. Achieving muscle balance for improved posture isn’t simply about strengthening weak postural muscles. It is just as important to loosen muscles that are too tight and contribute to poor posture.
For example, many people have shoulders that round forward. This is a common postural problem for which strengthening the back muscles would improve. However, this is only half the battle. With rounded shoulders, you also have chronically tight pectoral muscles in the front of the shoulder that need to be loosened so that the stronger back muscles can pull the shoulders back to their appropriate position. In our office, we achieve decreasing muscle tension through things such as massage therapy, Graston Technique, and Active Release Technique. These therapies break up muscle adhesions and help muscles return to full functionality.
If poor posture is something you have been dealing with for years or even decades, there is a good chance that there may be some amount of compression on your spine. For example, forward head posture is a common postural problem where the head is in front of the shoulders. This causes the natural curve of the spine to flatten out or even reverse, which puts a lot of compressive force on the joints in the neck. Over time, this can cause pain and dysfunction that can affect your quality of life.
The treatment we use in the office to overcome this is called spinal decompression. Performed on either the neck or lower back, spinal decompression gently stretches the area by pulling the spine opening up the joints, discs, and nerve spaces to give them more room to function. When combined with chiropractic care and exercise, decompression can help reverse negative posture changes and help lay down a strong foundation for good posture going forward.
Common Causes of Poor Posture in Springfield, IL
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a chiropractor in Springfield, IL help with posture?
Yes, the chiropractors at the Springfield Wellness Center, along with their team, are experts at retraining people’s postures the natural way: through corrective chiropractic care and exercise. Posture tends to be at the root of a lot of people’s aches and pains, so if you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, or headaches, there is a good chance a postural issue could be present as well.
Can a chiropractor in Springfield, IL permanently fix posture?
Maintaining good posture, just like any health-promoting habit, requires consistency. Yes, a chiropractor can help you maintain good posture, but that is only one piece of the puzzle. Regular exercise is another piece of the puzzle. These things have to be done consistently or the body will not have the opportunity to adopt the new changes you are trying to instill.
How long does it take a chiropractor to fix poor posture?
Poor postural habits typically develop over a long period of time, so it should be expected that changing these habits and developing good posture will take time as well. However, if you are consistent with it, change can and will happen over time. Your body will respond to whatever it is given, both good and bad. So if you consistently teach your body to be in good posture, eventually it will adopt good posture as your default.
Can chiropractors fix a hunchback?
Things like chiropractic, decompression, and exercise can help reduce a hunched back. It is a postural distortion that occurs over a long period of time in response to increased stress, especially from forward head posture. As the head drifts further forward, the body balances this by pushing the upper back area backward into the “hunched” shape.
What muscles are best for posture?
As far as strengthening weak muscles to improve posture, your back muscles like the trapezius, latissimus dorsi, rhomboids play a significant role in improving posture and stability in the spine. You also want to be aware of anterior muscles such as the pectoral muscles, which contribute to poor posture by being chronically tight and pulling the shoulders forward. These muscles should be stretched though, not strengthened, to improve posture.