Today before leaving his office I asked him what he thinks is the root of my lack of range of motion in my neck today. I mean, I keep seeing him for adjustments, I stretch regularly, I exercise as regularly as I can with strength exercises for my shoulder, back and neck. He mentioned what I already know about the constant stressors of daily life. I do tense my shoulders every time I get frustrated at my children, and this happens several times a day. Some days it feels like it is happening almost all day long without rest. But the other thing he mentioned was posture. I am often on the computer reading a book or an article, or sitting at the dinner table, with my neck cranked forward, or my shoulders slouching.
My new goal for this month (adding to my current goal of not getting angry as easily at my children, cultivating more patience and not yelling at them) is to be aware of my posture. Right now as I’m typing on my computer I am making sure to roll my shoulders back and down, and draw my head back so my neck is aligned with my spine. Additionally, I am trying to engage my core to help me stabilize my upper body when I sit upright. It makes me wish I had one of those “ball chairs”. I’m not sure what they’re actually called. If only my regular chair was at least lower so my feet could be comfortably on the floor, stable and supportive.
My chiropractor reminded me that even though I feel tired from sitting upright and end up slouching over, often without even noticing it, it is actually easier for my body to sit upright. That is why incorrect posture leads to aches and pains and other more serious conditions. So I know I cannot do this 100% of the time. But I am committed to trying to notice my posture and correcting it whenever I can!