We have a saying in chiropractic: “Your posture is the window to your spine and health.” In our practice we take front and side view digital posture pictures of every patient. We review them on the second visit and correlate them with the spinal x-rays. If the loss of proper neck curve is found on x-ray, then from the side the patient will see how their head is jutted forward. Some patients are aware they have this “forward head carriage”, and some are pretty surprised. We explain that the head weighs pretty close to a bowling ball (10-12 pounds)and for every inch it juts forward, an additional 15 to 20 pounds of stress is placed on their neck muscles. Youch! No wonder we see so many folks with horrible tension headaches by the end of the day. Sinus problems are also made worse by the head jutting forward and tingling down the arms and into the hands isn’t unusual either. In the last year or so, studies were released showing that forward head carriage correlates with high blood pressure due to added pressure on the brainstem. Currently there are over 98 medical conditions listed on WebMD that are associated with posture abnormalities!
Not sure yet how this might affect you on a daily basis? Try this experiment, sitting or standing: Jut your head forward and try to take a deep breath. Now bring the head back so your ears are over the top of your shoulders. Take a deep breath. Do you notice a big difference? It’s hard to oxygenate your body if your lungs are being mechanically affected.
Chiropractic adjustments correct abnormal posture by restoring proper alignment of the spine. With proper alignment, the brain can send communication via the spinal cord and nerve branches down and out through the spinal column and back up again. With continued adjustments, our patients commonly report that they sleep better, and generally feel more ease and energy. We teach them how they can work more movement into their day to avoid the effect of repetitive stress and gravity.
We truly enjoy sharing posture exercises with all our patients and coming up with creative ways that movement can be merged into the work day! Pop in today for a posture exercise packet or call us to attend our next Thursday lunch or evening workshop!