2-Minute Posture Check

2-Minute Posture Check

Having good posture makes it more likely to enjoy relatively good health. Whereas having poor posture can lead to a whole slew of health issues over some time. It is widely recognized that having good posture while sitting or standing improves blood circulation, which helps to keep nerves and blood vessels healthy. In turn, better circulation helps maintain tendons, ligaments, and muscles in optimal working order. People who have good posture also tend to have fewer problems with their neck and back.

On the other hand, years of poor posture will inhibit blood flow and make it more likely that body parts are under-nourished. The result of persistent poor posture is more problems in the back, neck, shoulders, and legs. To check your posture, you can do the 2-minute check described below. If the results are less than satisfactory, you may want to visit your local chiropractor and seek advice on a treatment program that will help restore the kind of good posture that will lead to better overall health.

How to do the 2-minute posture check

To conduct the 2-minute posture check, you’ll just need any wall surface, a full-length mirror, and the help of a friend or family member. Here’s what the posture check involves:

  • Take a stance – to start the process, stand with your back against a wall or a full-length mirror, and make sure the back of your head is touching the wall or mirror. Position the heels of your feet six inches away from the wall or mirror, and keep your buttocks and shoulder blades in constant contact with the wall or mirror.
  • Your friend’s part – this is where you’ll need help from a friend or family member. Have them measure the distance between your neck and the wall, and then have them measure the distance between the small of your back and the wall.
  • Observe results – if the length you measure at those two points is two inches or less, your posture is good. You likely have some level of abnormal spinal curvature if the distance measured is more than two inches.
Chiropractor looking at posture

posture check, two minutes, Seattle Chiropractor

What if you have poor posture?

You should take immediate action if the 2-minute check reveals poor posture (or even worse). The best step you can take is to set up a consultation with a local chiropractor and work with a skilled professional to restore your posture. Your chiropractor will be able to make gentle spinal manipulations to help you get back to better posture.

The chiropractor will also recommend some exercises and behaviors you can adopt that will help to modify your tendency to stand or sit improperly. By making regular visits to your chiropractor, you should be able to keep on track and work toward achieving good posture. You’ll benefit from this throughout your lifetime, and you’ll likely be healthier as you age.

If you want to learn more about how posture can help your overall health and wellbeing or how chiropractic care can help poor posture contact one of our Seattle chiropractors at (206) 339-6766 or fill out our online form for a FREE consultation.

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