Showing posts from March, 2018

Tips for Good Posture

Maintaining good posture keeps bones and joints in their correct alignment so that the muscles don’t strain or become fixed in an abnormal position. Good posture decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together and prevents backaches and muscular pain. If you don’t have good posture already, improving it will take some practice. Dr. Maryam Jafarieh, DC, of Ft. Lauderdale Chiropractic, suggests utilizing these tips to achieve good posture. Imagine that a string is attached to the top of your head and pulling you upwards. The idea is to keep your body in perfect alignment, maintaining the spine’s natural curvature, neck straight and shoulders parallel with the hips. To stand correctly, you should always keep your shoulders back and relaxed while pulling in your abdomen and keeping your feet about hip distance apart. Balance your weight evenly on both feet and try not to tilt your head forward, backward or sideways. Finally, you should always keep your legs s

Sleep Positions

At Dr. Maryam Jafarieh’s Fort Lauderdale chiropractic practice, we want our patients to know how to avoid strains that can cause pain throughout their bodies. When we are asleep, we are spending several hours at a time in a position which may be forcing us out of alignment. The best sleep position for spinal health is flat on the back. The head should be supported by a firm pillow, keeping the back and neck in alignment. The worst position is on the front. This pushes the head backward and causes the lower back vertebrae to stretch as they sag without support. The complication is that people who suffer from sleep apnea often have difficulty sleeping on their backs, but are able to breathe easier while on their fronts, despite damage to their musculoskeletal system. We provide treatments, including adjustments, which can relieve back pain, but we also want patients to prevent harm through better sleep practices. In people who have difficulty sleeping on their backs, side-sleeping with a