Getting needled? Posture still matters!

I remember when very few people knew what acupuncture was.  I remember being extremely skittish about getting acupuncture, and I remember one rather terrifying acupuncture experience I had in Orange County a few years back (ask me about that another day).  If you’re someone who’s using acupuncture to relieve pain or just improve your health, note that improving your posture can greatly improve your outcomes:

Posture is often overlooked as a health concern, but a person’s posture has a direct effect on his or her breathing, organ function, and muscle integrity. With the majority of American adults confined to desk and chair for 40 hours of the week, attention to posture is crucial for optimum health. In Chinese medicine, correct posture is considered necessary for the proper flow of qi (the life force that traverses each living thing). TCM practitioners believe that good posture provides for not only the proper flow of qi, but of blood as well (leading to better brain and organ performance).

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

When you’re trying to get well by treating your body well, remember that posture plays a big role in how well your body functions.  Bad posture causes lots of pain, fatigue, and suffering, and fixing your posture can improve your quality of life like you wouldn’t believe.


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.