Posture: Fix Your Posture to Optimize Spine Health
Posture is so important for maintaining optimized health. Depending on age, poor posture can be a causal factor or aggravate the effects of spine issues like scoliosis and degeneration. Once it is compromised, it can result in a gradual degradation of health and a progression of existing musculoskeletal deformities.
Poor posture puts you at risk for the following issues:
- Disease and organ dysfunction as a result of nerve interference
- Organ compromise due to limited space and neural integrity, potentially resulting in disease
- Chronic pain, discomfort, tingling, and numbness throughout the body
- Degeneration of the body’s joints, particularly the spine
- Depression and anxiety due to reduced quality of life and mounting health issues
- Fatigue and fibromyalgia
- Disability related to any of the issues listed above
At Bay Area Scoliosis Center, we help treat and minimize the risk of all these issues with non-invasive, personalized, pain-free care that works.
Poor Posture: Our Lifestyle Habits are Making It an Epidemic
In this age of technology, you may have noticed an increase in the amount of time we spend slumped over computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Poor posture isn’t just an unsightly habit. Looking down or sitting wrong for more than 20 minutes can actually deform your posture long-term.
Unfortunately, symptoms like pain and discomfort are the last symptoms of disease. Some symptoms can take years to set in, making it feel like a low priority problem to address amidst our fast-paced lives. This leaves us milling around in our daily lives with our shoulders slumped, upper backs rounded, and heads forward.
It All Starts with Posture Awareness
The first step in addressing the epidemic of poor posture is education and awareness. That’s why the Chiropractic BioPhysics technique has countless research and case studies demonstrating the correlation between an “ideal” spinal structure, and improved mobility, organ function, vitality, and overall wellness… of course, individual anomalies and structure should be taken into account.
In general, if a straight line was drawn down your side vertically (known as a plumb line) it would cross approximately through the center of the ear, shoulder, and trunk, and continue down through the center of the hip, knee, and ankle.
You may be quick to notice that many of us have ears and shoulders that are significantly leaning forward from this plumb line – in addition to other major alignment issues in reference to this line. Moreover, on a forward-facing view, if a straight line was drawn down your center, it should yield relatively symmetrical halves. For a lot of us, we are significantly leaning to one side.
The Sooner It’s Addressed the Better
The reality is that our spines get harder and harder to mold back to the “ideal posture” as we get older, relative to our teenage years. Thus, addressing postural issues as young as possible is important. Once an adult is dealing with scoliosis or postural deformities, more progressive treatment will be necessary to make any notable improvements. Depending on the type of spinal deformity, mirror-image adjusting and/or traction, bracing, and corrective exercises will maximize outcomes. Expected outcomes will vary greatly depending on the severity of the problem, any underlying issues, and of course, age.
The Benefits of Good Posture
- Cosmetic benefits that improve self-esteem
- Improved body performance thanks to optimized coordination
- Increased energy levels via balanced muscles and organ function
- Improved neural health
- Better quality of life, especially with aging
- Decreased risk of issues with mobility and degeneration
Bay Area Scoliosis Center is one of only a handful of chiropractic clinics in Northern California equipped to not only address postural issues, but more importantly offer non-invasive and highly-effective scoliosis bracing solutions through the ScoliBrace.