• South Elgin Chiropractor so dedicated to posture she developed and sells exercise ''bar''

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    December 06, 2018
    The Courier-News

    Business: Family Chiropractic and Posture Center

    Address: 630 Randall Road, South Elgin

    Contact info: 847-742-5200; drlizwelch@getposturefit.com; getposturefit.com

    Owner: Elizabeth Welch

    Years in business: “I have been a chiropractor in family practice for 30 years.”

    How does your approach to care differ from other chiropractors? “I invented and patented PostureFit within the past decade. It’s a 9-pound, 36-inch-long steel bar with a padded neck support to use as an exercise and daily lifestyle tool to help combat negative health effects. PostureFit preserves your posture and health. It keeps you looking and feeling younger so you can do what you love longer. Posture is looked at aesthetically. Forward head posture is slow and quiet to creep up on you and its negative effects decline your health.”

    What was the impetus for inventing the posture bar? “The impetus was truly a 'light-bulb' moment when discussing posture health with one of my patients. I went home and shared the inspiration with my husband. He mocked me up a prototype with stuff from our basement … I loved it.”

    How does incorporating PostureFit into your chiropractic practice make a difference? “Our spinal adjustments are so much more beneficial when the patients work on posture between adjustments. They notice the difference and love how easy it is to incorporate it into their day and recognize their improved health and outlook.”

    What are some of the health benefits to using the PostureFit bar? “Improved range of motion in your neck and back. You breathe easier. You have more energy and less pain and better balance. You feel more confident with improved self esteem. You sleep better. You recognize when you go back to slouching, you quickly reset to your strong posture. PostureFit counterbalances the negative effects of sitting at computer for hours, driving, housework etc.”

    What are some common misperceptions about chiropractic care? “A misconception about forward head posture or bad posture is that it just looks bad. Our body is our best asset and we have to take care of it and not ignore a condition that has long-term health issues that could easily be avoided. Another misconception is thinking that if you work out at the gym a few times per week that will help your forward head posture. If you’re not specifically working on reducing the forward head posture, working out at the gym is only going to strengthen your bad posture.”

    What are some health benefits of seeing a chiropractor? “So many take medication needlessly for daily complaints of neck and back pain, headaches, fatigue, etc. Taking care of our bodies naturally will help reduce arthritic effects and advanced aging. It’s a tool to reclaim youthful energy naturally. Chiropractic adjustments stimulate your immune system and improve your body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate. It's a natural approach to wellness. Our entire family enjoys the benefits of spinal balance and improving our health potential. Chiropractic and PostureFit add to the benefits for a healthy lifestyle.”

    When should someone seek out chiropractic care? “As a chiropractor, I have seen first-hand just how bad posture hurts you. People think it’s a minor issue, but soon learn how it hurts our health. You can appreciate how good and confident you can feel when good posture is part of your lifestyle equation.”

    What is the best thing about your business being located in South Elgin? “It’s a great place to raise your family and we take care of families in our practice. From children to seniors, we love serving entire families with wellness-based chiropractic.”

    What is the biggest challenge? “There really are no significant challenges about having our business in South Elgin. It's close enough to Chicago, yet has great wide-open spaces, amazing walking trails, great restaurants, etc.”

    Erin Sauder is a freelance reporter for The Courier-News.

    Contact:
    Dr. Elizabeth Welch
    (847) 742-5200
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