Have you ever looked at yourself as other see you? It’s the rear view that is apt to be most traumatic to our egos. The seat may look bigger than we thought; the hips may look flabbier; the back line more rounded; and the shoulders more sagging. Are your shoulders, belt or hem line level? Is one heel more worn than the other? A postural survey of healthy young men with an average age of 26.6 years showed that 83% of them have a low right shoulder. A similar survey showed an enormously high percentage of young ladies with rounded backs and winged shoulders. Look at yourself in the mirror-you are apt to see a passive posture that requires the use of ligaments and the locking bones to keep upright. What’s to be done to correct this poor body balance that not only looks bad, but is bad for optimum health and vitality?
First, correction requires an awareness. See yourself as others see you, and want to do something about it. Good posture or poor posture is as habitual as any characteristic or mannerism we might have.
Second, strive to keep in good physical condition. Physical fitness has both organic and psychological benefits. It keeps your body in tone, gives your body structural independence, and at the same time gives you confidence in both appearance an agility. Three, have periodic spinal examinations to avoid structural problems. Remember, that you have reasonable control over how you look and how you feel.
If you find yourself with a possible structural problem, it would be wise to consult a chiropractic physician who specializes in rehabilitation, proper postural attitude, and muscle balance. Not only to look good, but to better enable the body to withstand stresses and diminish the chance of injury.