A study at Columbia and Harvard found that hormone levels could be increased with improved posture.
Good posture increased testosterone and decreased cortisol
The study by Galinsky and Huang in Scientific America (1/4/11) showed that just by standing up and sitting straighter you could increase your testosterone levels and decrease your cortisol levels. These hormones play vital roles in our health. Testosterone has many benefits including increased energy, better sleep, increasing muscle mass, improved weight loss as well as a host of others. Cortisol, on the other hand, is more of a negative hormone. Cortisol is sometimes referred to as the stress hormone which can cause increased inflammation, weight gain, and other negative side effects. Being out of alignment, poor posture can lead to pain in your body as well.
How can chiropractic help?
Chiropractic care can help improve your posture by realigning the vertebrae in your spine. When these joints get out of alignment they can put pressure on the surrounding structures. This includes the joint, disc, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When out of alignment it makes it much harder on the body to be able to function properly and hold you upright. Chiropractic adjustments focus on specific areas to help get your spine in the proper position.
Mom was right!
Your mom or even grandmother probably always told you to sit up straight. Even if they did not know why they were right! In this day and age with technology, we are always on a computer or on a device looking down. That is ruining our posture and spine! We need to start doing little things every day to break the cycle of looking down. In our office in Frisco, we teach everyday tips and tricks to try to lessen the amount of abuse your spine takes on a daily basis. So if you are looking for a chiropractor in Frisco check us out at Express Chiropractic of Frisco. Our goal is to help you with your spinal health!