How to Keep Your Musculoskeletal System Healthy
Our bodies are made up of unique, integrated systems that are all interconnected with each other. The structure and systems of our body work synergistically together to allow us to move, function, and do the activities that we love to do. Our musculoskeletal system along with our neurological system work together to provide stability, form, support, and movement to our bodies. Everyday decisions such as choosing to exercise and practicing good posture can make a huge impact on the health of our musculoskeletal system.
The importance of movement
One of the best things for a healthy musculoskeletal system is movement. Physical activity has not only shown to be an effective preventive measure, but it also helps with pain management for individuals who suffer from chronic pain. Why is movement so healthy? According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association (http://www.chiropractic.ca/), exercise is the foundation to building and maintaining muscle tone, as well as bone health and joint mobility. Frequent physical activity helps to build muscle endurance, which helps maintain proper posture through engaging the back and abdominal muscles.
With that being said, being aware of your form, posture, and techniques while exercising is imperative. Poor posture even during everyday activities can lead to muscle strain, and injuries. Whether you are exercising, sitting, or standing, your posture will have a domino effect on the rest of your body.
Here are some tips to enhance your posture:
- Feet: When standing or sitting, both feet should be planted parallel on the ground with weight evenly distributed.
- Knees: Never lock your knees. Knees should be slightly bent and positioned over the ankles.
- Hips: Make sure that your hips are aligned with your heels. Do not tilt your pelvis forward or backward.
- Shoulders: Stand tall and straight with shoulders back. Shoulders should never hunch over.
- Head: Your ears and shoulders should align. When looking at any device, do not lean your head forward. Always adjust your workstation to so that you are sitting comfortably and looking straight ahead.
The systems of your body work synergistically together, which means your posture will affect your everyday movement. If you are experiencing any type of pain or discomfort or would like your posture evaluated, consider a consult with a chiropractic doctor who can help create a healing treatment plan for you. Don’t let your pain and aches get in the way of your favorite pastime. Chiropractors are trained in providing treatment plans to help manage pain and heal injuries in a holistic manner.
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