Abnormal Posture – POSTURE DECAY AS WE AGE
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Your body posture is like a window into the shape of the spinal column. Postural problems aid chiropractors in identifying a variety of dysfunctions of the spine which translate to other abnormalities within the body.
Figure 1 shows the gradual effects of poor posture on the human body as we age. If left untreated abnormal posture begins to place increased force and pressure on the muscles, ligaments, and bones of your spinal column. Over time, these forces lead to the breakdown of the muscles, ligaments, and bones causing pain and a rounding of the spine called postural kyphosis or “round back”.
Figure 2 shows the ideal posture. From the front the posture is symmetric and the spine is straight. From the side view, the head, rib cage, pelvis and feet are vertically balanced. The spine has all the natural curvature in the side view. These curves have specific normal angles that we actually check for and measure in by x-ray.
IDEAL POSTURE AND SPINAL ALIGNMENT
You can perform a simple self-test at home to see if you may have a misaligned spinal column. Stand in front of a full-length mirror. Close your eyes and nod your head backward and forward a couple of times and stop in your neutral or comfortable position. Open your eyes without moving any body part.
Look for any of these deviations in your spine and posture:
- Is the midline of face centered over the neck and shoulders?
- Is your head vertical?
- Do you see both ears equally
- Is one shoulder higher than the other?
- Is one shoulder/arm more forward than the other?
- Are your hips centerd over your feet?
- Are your hips level?
- Is one hip more forward than the other/one buttock further back than the other?
If there are any deviations, you may have a serious problem waiting to express itself. Remember, that when it comes to spinal health your symptoms are a result of a long overdue remedy.
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My biggest inspiration and the reason I believe in Chiropractic and the philosophy of helping the body to heal itself continues to be my late mother, Lila Fishel. She passed away from breast cancer in October of 2002. I watched the greatest medical minds in the world be defeated by cancer; it changed my world. Since then I have made a commitment to educate the world about the holistic approach to health and well-being – Chiropractic Medicine.
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