A New Year A New Posture

As we wind down the old year and begin to think about the upcoming year, many of us begin to think about the things we’d like to improve about ourselves.  Some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, and eat less.

These resolutions often come about because we’re unhappy about how we look or feel.  Here’s a quick, 2-minute self-check that will instantly help you to feel and look better.  It’s about your posture!  A slumped, rounded posture can make you look heavy and can actually cause a depressed mood.  (Personal challenge:  if you’re in a bad mood, try sitting up straight, engaging your abs, and pulling your shoulders back.  You’ll instantly feel better!)

For everyday habits, here’s a good posture checklist:

  • chin parallel to the floor and ear right above your shoulder
  • neutral shoulders (watch for shoulder rounding!)
  • neutral spine, especially no over-arching your low back or jutting your head forward
  • abdominal muscles engaged
  • hips should be even and squared
  • body weight distributed evenly on both feet.

Okay, what if that doesn’t work?  Maybe you’re very aware of your posture but still can’t seem to achieve evenness?  Then it’s time to visit your chiropractor.  Watch this video as Dr. Taylor talks about how the Atlas/C1 vertebra affects posture from head to toe:

Here’s an example of a young man whose mom “just through he stood that way”, but really had an underlying Atlas/C1 subluxation.  With one adjustment his posture changed dramatically:

Chronically poor posture is one indicator of underlying neurological distress, sending incorrect messages to your body’s posture centers. 

If you have any of the following posture indicators, please see your chiropractor today:

  • head forward (ears are forward of the shoulders when viewed from the side)
  • uneven shoulders
  • uneven hips
  • one leg longer than the other

These problems are unlikely to resolve on their own and can worsen over time.  As you’re making healthy changes for the new year, start with your posture to give a strong foundation for all of your other changes! 


We would like to better understand which media is the most popular so that we can ensure we continue to provide this type of content. Please provide your email address to access downloads. You will only need to do this once and it will not be used or shared outside of MyWellbeingCompass.com.


Invalid Order #

The order # used is not valid, has already been redeemed, or has expired.

Please contact customerservice@mywellbeingcompass.com if this is in error or you have questions about the status of your order.

Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.


Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.


Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.


Newsletter Sign-Up

Get the latest health and wellness news
delivered straight to your inbox.