Posture and Depression
Research shows that poor posture or abnormal spinal alignment can take years off your life and create stress associated with mental depression and other disorders! So if that doesn’t tell you posture is important, what does?
For over a century, chiropractic care has been improving posture and function. As you continue through your care in our office, you will notice drastic improvements in your posture as well as your overall health, including your mental attitude. There have been many studies relating posture to physical and mental health.
Researchers found that people who were depressed experienced an improved mood after changing their posture to be more upright. In one study, sixty-one men suffering from mild to moderate depression were chosen to sit with their usual or upright posture. In addition, changes in facial expression, fatigue, and speech were assessed.
Those who assumed better posture had less fatigue compared to those keeping their usual posture. Also, the upright group exhibited less negative affect and lower anxiety. Developing good posture habits can help you feel more confident, energetic, and happy. If you’re slouching as you read this, pause and pull your shoulder blades back and together, relax your
shoulders down away from your ears, and look up. The more you work on it, the easier it will get, and simple changes like this can result in a noticeable difference in how you feel day in and day out. (1, 2)