Chiropractic and Posture!

Have a look around.  Look at your kids, your work mates, even strangers on the street.  Look in the mirror.  What do you notice?  Are you, or the people you’re looking at, standing up straight?  Do most people have good strong posture?  The answer is a most resounding NO.

Dr. Martin Standing with Bad Posture  

Most people in western societies spend an inordinate amount of time hunched over a smart phone, slouching at a work desk or even stretching the head forward to read an improperly placed computer monitor.

Dr. Martin Standing with Good Posture  

The majority of us have lost so much of our core strength due to a sedentary lifestyle that our ability to hold an upright posture is difficult and may even be painful.  As your posture begins to degenerate you will lose your range of mobility due to tissue redevelopment and muscular contracture.  Over time these unnatural stressors on the body (due to altered biomechanics or movement patterns) will cause your body to become out of alignment (what we call subluxation) and the joints/bones to wear down.

Think about this.  Your head weighs about as much as a bowling ball.  If you were holding a bowling ball directly over your shoulder you could probably hold it all day… But what if you stretch your arm out and held it directly in front of you.  That bowling ball would feel exponentially heavier.

Now look at your kids, playing on their smart phones.  What is happening to the placement of their heads?

Dr. Martin Sitting with Bad Posture  

Roger Sperry, Ph.D. (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1981) discovered that 90% of the brain’s activity is used to balance your body within the gravitational field of earth.  If your body is mechanically distorted, it will affect the other 10% of the brain’s activity, which controls all the other body functions such as breathing, digestion and cognition.

Dr. Martin Sitting with Good Posture   

As your posture declines it begins with soft tissue changes and progresses through to changes in the bone.  These changes are often slow and progressive.  They can be corrected but the length of time they’ve been there and the degree of osseous change, will also affect the ultimate outcome.

I like to use a 3-legged stool approach to correcting these types of concerns.  First is to help people realize what habits they have that have contributed to this posture and help them to stop doing them.  Then if necessary we’ll adjust any region of their spine where restriction and scar tissue are preventing proper moment or neurological signaling to the brain (more on this in an upcoming blog.)  And the 3rd leg of the stool is teaching spinal hygiene exercises to help correct and strengthen the spine.

Your Posture is a window to your Health.  Guard it, maintain it and work on it daily.


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