Anyone who has ever primped themselves in front of a mirror before a big date or job interview knows that looking good does not necessarily feel comfortable.
Women, in particular, compromise comfort for shoes that make them feel like they’re taller and have longer legs, wear dresses that are difficult to move around in and choose a lot of other items in their closet with appearance in mind and an apparent complete disregard for practicality.
Guys have also been known to settle for designer tennis shoes that are entirely unfit for any kind of exercise, much less a game of tennis!
Fashion is a strong force in society, and it is very hard to swim against the current and dress sensibly. And it has been this way for a very long time.
However, your feet, neck, and spine will thank you if you take just even a few of the following recommendations into account the next time you approach your closet.
Take for example the biggest fashion no-no – from a chiropractic point of view – the high heeled shoe.
There is most likely not a woman in this country who does not own at least one pair of these monstrosities, and yet chiropractors warn that while they might look pretty if properly paired with a dress, they wreak havoc on the spine and the feet.
As concerns the spine, many a chiropractor warns that even brief periods of wearing them negatively affects the musculoskeletal system to such an extent as to cause the curvature of the spine to increase its forward position and forcing the pelvis to move forward and upward.
Obviously, this changes your body’s center of gravity. And who compensates for this? The rest of the spine, leaving the back in a sore state of consistent overextension and pain.
Chiropractors point out that the human body was made to stand on flat feet. Of course, some fashion mavens completely disregard this advice and continue to put their backs at risk on a daily basis, but you do not have to be one of them! There are a number of very stylish flat heeled shoes available that will look just as pretty on the feet of a woman wearing a beautiful dress as high heels.
While it is impossible to persuade everyone, chiropractors hope that they will be able to at least reach their patients and those who are interested in the overall and continued health of their spines and related musculoskeletal systems.
Of course, if high heels make a chiropractor cringe, tight clothes will pretty much deepen this feeling. While at face value, tight clothes do not appear to have any impact on your back’s ill or good health, the truth of the matter is that everyday activities are severely impacted by tight clothes.
For example, while wearing a comfortable pair of pants, you will be able to bend over straight with little problem. But with an excessively tight pair, you will not be able to bend straight down or twist and turn.
This will adversely affect your posture which will have serious effects on your spine and thus your overall health.
To this end, chiropractors everywhere warn that high heels and overly tight clothes should be a thing of the past!