Dr Bret Wilson

Posture and Aging

Posture and Aging

I may be revealing my age, or that I watched too much TV as a kid, but I remember a commercial for hand lotion or dish washing soap, that compared 2 sets of hands.  The commercial asked the viewer to guess which hands were the older, trying to make the point that the product kept your skin looking young. Certainly looking at someone’s hand is one way to guess their age, but I use a more obvious one – posture and movement.  Think about the last time you noticed someone “walking like an old man”, or perhaps you thought that of your self, momentarily straightening your posture and then quickly falling back into the same bad habits.  Wii Fit from Nintendo uses posture and balance to help determine your “age”. You probably sat up straight as you began to read this blog.  Your posture is projecting an image of how old you are and also how you feel.

Posture is how you balance your body.  Posture is the base for all physical activity.  Motion begins with posture.  As we age, joints stiffen, loss of motion causes change in posture, the more the posture worsens, the harder muscles must work to keep the body balanced, causing further stiffening.  So the classic forward bent, rounded shoulders, forward head posture is the result of chronic poor posture habits and adaptation to the lack of motion.

Dr. Steven P. Weiniger, DC has written a book, “Stand Taller ~ Live Longer – An Anti Aging Strategy”, that outlines the importance of posture and keeping the body active and pain free.  The book and other information is available on his web site http://www.standtallerlivelonger.com/.  Dr. Weininger is working diligently to help people Move, Feel and Stay Well.  Check it out to get more ideas.

How can you slow the aging of your posture?  Become more aware of your posture and practice better, stronger posture habits.  Exercise to restore and maintain mobility, flexibility and balance.  Consult your chiropractor to help evaluate your posture, joint mobility and alignment.  Chiropractors are experts in removing the joint restrictions that cause posture to adapt in an inefficient and weak way.  Your doctor can advise you on the type of exercise necessary to regain, a strong posture, joint mobility and better health.  We all hope to get older, but that does not mean we have to walk or stand like “an old man”.  It is never too late to start moving and feeling younger.

Yours In Health,

Bret A Wilson, DC
Bell West Chiropractic
Surprise, Arizona