Can Good Posture Make You Taller?

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I am frequently asked in my health clinic if good posture can make you taller?  We have all seen horror stories of how people shrink and round forward as they get older, right?

As a general rule, an average person will grow 2-3 cm taller with improved posture. Poor posture can lead to a variety of other health problems such as weight gain, arthritis, heart disease and even back pain!

Well, let’s have your back on this topic!  Allow me to share three decades of treating postural related conditions, I’ve written a book on this subject, designed ergonomic devices, and coached thousands of people to maintain good posture to make you taller.

How Important Is Good Posture?

poor posture seated

The posture in which your body maintains its balance is called good posture. By doing this, you can prevent injuries, fatigue, and pain. It also makes breathing easier and more efficient. When you have good posture, your muscles and joints are able to work together more effectively, which can improve your overall health and well-being. There are a number of things you can do to improve your posture, including:

  •  Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes.
  •  Exercising regularly.
  •  Practicing good posture when you sit, stand and walk.
  •  Stretching your muscles and joints regularly.

You may develop a number of health problems if you have poor posture, including:

  • Joint pain.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Headaches.

How Can You Improve Your Posture Without Expensive Treatments or Surgery?

There are a number of things you can do to improve your posture, including:

woman good posture

  • Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Practicing good posture when you sit, stand and walk.
  • Stretching your muscles and joints regularly.
  • See a chiropractor or physiotherapist for an assessment and treatment.

You may develop a number of health problems if you have poor posture, including:

  • Joint pain.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Headaches.

What Are the Benefits of Having Good Posture, Both Physically and Mentally?

There are many benefits to having good posture, both physically and mentally. Physically, good posture can help you stay healthy and pain-free. Good posture helps your body move more efficiently, which can reduce the risk of injuries. 

Mentally, good posture can help you feel more confident and powerful. When you have good posture, you feel more in control, which can boost your self-esteem. By improving your posture, you can improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Can Good Posture Make You Taller, Even if You’re Not Born With a Tall Frame?

Yes, good posture can make you appear taller. When you have good posture, your spine is in alignment and your muscles are balanced. This creates the illusion of being taller than you actually are. Additionally, good posture can help you breathe more efficiently, which can improve your overall health.

How Can You Tell if You Have Bad Posture and What Can You Do to Correct It?”

A bad posture can be detected in several ways:

  • First, take a look at your alignment. Shoulders rounded forward and head jutting forward indicate poor posture. 
  • Second, pay attention to your body language. Standing or sitting with bad posture indicates you slouch. 
  • Third, check your range of motion. If you have difficulty moving your arms or legs, then this could be a sign of poor posture. To correct bad posture, start by improving your alignment. Stand up straight and tuck your chin in so that your head is in line with your spine. 
  • Next, engage your core muscles and glutes to stabilize your body. 
  • Finally, practice good posture regularly.

If you walk with round shoulders and a hunched back, you won’t appear as tall as you are, and over time, this can even result in permanent height loss.

In order to add that 2 cm, keep these points in mind :

  • When walking, keep your back straight, your head up, and your shoulders wide and down.
  • Avoid slouching when sitting.
  • While standing, spread your legs shoulder-width apart and keep your knees unlocked!.
  • Get an orthopaedic mattress that is medium-firm (and natural latex!)

Is Morning Height Your True Height?

Your spine compresses throughout the day due to gravity, so in the morning you are taller. If your spine hasn’t compressed yet, your morning height is your maximum height. 

Do You Get Shorter With Age? 

elderly shorter

 If you spend a lot of time sitting, your spine begins to round. This is the result of poor posture and this can happen at any age depending on how sedentary one’s lifestyle has been throughout their lifetime as well as injuries or diseases that affect bone health in adults with low activity levels due to primarily genetic predisposition; it becomes quite pronounced leading them down an inevitable path towards chronic back pain!

 The key thing here though isn’t so much what causes our spines to go out of balance but rather ensuring they stay aligned by making sure all parts receive equal attention.

 Correcting your posture can reduce the risk of experiencing pain and discomfort. Thoracic kyphosis is excessive vertical movement in our spine that puts us at higher risks for spinal fractures as well other health issues such as neck or low back problems; however, with proper exercise techniques, a physical therapist may be able to help improve alignment which will result into improved movement habits resulting greater benefits than just looking better – because now we’re living life fully!

People are well aware of the importance of good posture. A poor position can lead to chronic back pain and other illnesses, so it’s important for every person in their lifetime (regardless if they’re tall or not).

Tips to Build Strong Bones

Protein-rich diets are essential for keeping bones strong and healthy. Additionally, exercise is crucial for maintaining bone mass as it helps the body remove waste products from cells while building new ones at an accelerated rate during growth spurts in adolescence or early adulthood when our bodies are trying literally anything else than just being still!

 Weight-bearing exercises are the best way to strengthen your bones and increase muscle power. If you want a healthy lifestyle, then try walking or running regularly with some extra activities like swimming if necessary!

To maximize the human body’s potential, we sometimes need help from professionals. strengthening exercises can be beneficial because they stimulate bone growth, improve muscle strength (and endurance), increase blood flow which helps with your general wellness! But keep these tips in mind: don’t overdo it or you might do more harm than good; always talk first before trying anything new on yourself there’s no shame here but simply safety precautions worth taking when working towards improving one’s health.

Over time, you can reduce your excessive curvature in your upper back and forward head posture with the right type of extension exercises. This helps distribute normal forces across the entire spine helping to reduce neck pain headaches low back pains.

The human body was meant to be standing, walking and sitting. When you are lying down or seated for an extended period of time it is easy to allow yourself into bad positioning habits that may lead your spine out-of-alignment with its natural curve which can cause chronic pain in some cases! Learn good posture techniques so when you wake up tomorrow morning after working all day on your feet (or even just reading), know these basics will help keep back tension at bay while also making sure everything feels right again physically & mentally speaking.

Conclusion

I hope that this article has shown you the importance of good posture and how it can affect your overall health. As we have seen, poor posture can lead to a variety of other health problems such as weight gain, arthritis, heart disease and even back pain!

One thing my patients say makes them taller is a treatment called non-surgical spinal decompression.  However, spinal decompression is not a treatment designated for gaining height.  It is typically used for back pain… just a thought.

Fortunately, improving your posture is not difficult and with a bit of practice, you can see positive changes in your health.

 

 

 

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

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My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

 

Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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