Poor Posture is one of the most prevalent epidemics in today’s society. Our new digital age has ushered in a multitude of innovations in science and technology, but it has also contributed to the slouching posture of millions. People all over the world spend the majority of their time sitting motionless in a chair hunched forward towards a computer screen. Countless others utilize most of their free time with their neck bent unnaturally forward to stare down at their phone’s screens. These activitiesset up their users for improper spine posture and alignment, which are the leading cause of early onset osteoarthritis.
A person’s spinal mechanics is pivotal to their overall health and wellbeing. Proper posture keeps the spinal column arranged in gradual curves, where the neck and head are set evenly above the shoulders, and the pelvis is tucked beneath the back. This position is called neutral spine. Correct spinal alignment maintains and evenly distributed pressure on the intervertebral discs andligaments that join the vertebrae together, and works as a shock absorber for the spine. The spinal column also serves as the nexus of over 100 billion neurons’ signals to the brain and back. In a neutral spine, these signals flow unhindered.
When someone doesn’t maintain good posture, their back muscles strain against the vertebrae and constantly attempt to pull them out of alignment. The physical manifestation of bad posture can vary from person to person. The more common presentations include chronic slouch, irregular tilting of the hips, rounded shoulders, head inclined forward, and neck jutted to a frontward position. The last symptom is commonly known as “tech neck”. These abnormal body positions can place a disproportionate amount of stress on portions of the intervertebral discs and put them at risk of degeneration, bulging and herniation. When this happens, the signals to and from the nerve endings can be significantly compressed, distorted or impaired, resulting in pain or discomfort. Improper posture can lead to several other symptoms and conditions that include:
Chiropractic has proven to be an effective treatment for correcting a patient’s back alignment. The Nationally-Ranked Chiropractors at Advanced Sports & Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture (ASFCA) consider a comprehensive view of their patient’s body. ASFCA’s Chiropractors evaluate each of their patient’s symptoms and overall presentation for the source of their ailment. After which they will go over their findings and devise an individual regimen to improve their patient’s overall health.
Chiropractic adjustments work exceptionally well when the patients undergoing treatment also undergoes a series of posture corrective exercises. The Therapists in ASFCA’s physiotherapy department are experts at helping their patients find the right exercises to suit their individual needs. The therapists evaluate each of their patient’s level of distress and determine what muscle groups they need to strengthen or stretch to increase their ability to function. These exercises not only help their patients obtain a better posture, maintain the benefits they received from chiropractic care and disc decompression therapy, but also grant them a pain-free life.
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