You know the person who is hunched over all the time, always looking at the floor. Their spine simply does not allow them to stand up straight. How does this happen? If your answer is osteoporosis, then you are only partially right.
The forward posture of the head is caused by years of stretching of the ligaments that support the spine. Yes, osteoporosis (the condition that causes bone weakened and small fractures throughout the spine) can be a major factor. But what most people do not realize is that forward posture is actually caused by repetitive micro trauma.
Small traumas throughout out the day that allows your ligaments to stretch. Maybe you drive all day flattening out the curves in the lower back or maybe you are hunched over a computer all day stressing and straining your neck. These stresses on your spine will eventually take its toll on your spine and result in poor posture.
The solution to aging gracefully is to have good habits and a very important habit is watching your posture.
Posture is not just about looking good. Abnormal posture is a serious health condition. The American Journal of Pain Management says that “posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.”
If you look in the mirror and see a shoulder low or your head jetting forward the process has begun. Stop it before it become permanent with chiropractic care, postural exercises and rehabilitation. Call our office for more information, simply exercising 5 minutes a day may make the biggest difference in your health.
“Posture and normal physiology and function are interrelated. Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic pain-related conditions including backache, earache, and stress-related illnesses.” AJPM 1994;4:36-39
In this article from the January 1994 issue of the American Journal of Pain Management, the authors state that the significant influence of posture on health is not addressed by most physicians. I would add, that unfortunately, postural correction is not part of main stream chiropractic practice as yet either. However, as the authors go on to state, “posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.”
Obviously, the proper assessment, analysis, and if possible correction of abnormal posture is an extremely important component of modern health care.
A study reveals that posture affects sympathetic nervous modulation in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF).
Investigators analyzed heart rate variability and plasma norepinephrine concentrations in 12 patients with CHF in three recumbent positions: right lateral decubitus, left lateral decubitus and supine. Findings showed that the same position preferred by patients, the right lateral decubitus position, was also the position that most attenuated sympathetic nervous modulation.
The Lancet November 25, 2000;356.