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Good Posture. Do You Have it?

Americans in general are poor postured people.standposture  We slouch, slump, and cross our legs way to much!  So why is poor posture bad?

Poor posture causes the misalignment of your neck, mid back, and lower back.  Slouching causes your diaphragm to push against the stomach causing heart burn.  Poor posture also causes acid reflux, shortness of breath, mid back pain, anterior head translation (which can cause headaches), stiffness in your neck, and low back aches.  The list goes on and on!  See illustration #1

So what is good standing posture?

When standing, you should stand up straight, turn your palm out to set your shoulders in correct posture then return the hands to a natural position.
When sitting, the key that will put the rest of you in proper posture is to keep the forward curve in your lower back.  This will cause you to sit up straight and put the rest of you into alignment.

As with any change it will take time to create new habits of proper posture.

Good posture leads to better health,
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