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    Straighten Up for Good Health

    The Hidden Power of Posture

    Sacramento, Calif., April 12, 2011 - Just like a good spring cleaning can make your home a healthier place to live, straightening up your body can provide health benefits such as lowering stress and reducing body tension.

    Slouching shoulders or standing with unbalanced weight can create strain on the muscles and ligaments supporting your bones, and may even cause tension headaches, muscle soreness or back spasms. Chronic poor posture can even lead to degenerative changes in the spine.

    Good posture keeps bones in their natural, proper alignment, which improves overall strength and balance, reduces the risk of injury and could potentially prevent the need for serious medical procedures treating chronic back, knee and hip pain.

    Proper positioning while sitting, sleeping, working and exercising also can make a difference in how you look and feel. Regular exercise, increasing flexibility, controlling your weight and using proper lifting techniques all help protect your posture.

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