Better Posture Leads to Better Health
By Sara Butler
Poor posture is an epidemic in modern society and not one that people are taking enough notice of! A person’s posture is a snapshot of the health of their spine, which is also a snapshot of their overall health and function. Why? Because the spine is impacted negatively by poor posture. The spine connects the central nervous system to the rest of the body, impacting organ function on a cellular level. Poor spinal health from poor posture habits leads to a reduction in the function of important organs, such as the brain. Here’s why proper posture is so important to your overall health.
It’s a Big Deal
When joint dysfunction and restriction are present in the spine it causes nerve irritation. Sometimes that irritation will manifest as pain, but often pain is the last symptom to show up to the party. This means that the dysfunction or restriction can go unnoticed for quite some time, leading to fewer signals getting from the brain to the rest of the body. That impacts your overall health and wellness.
The Importance of Neck Posture
The neck has a natural curve to it that forms a C; neurosurgeons and chiropractors often refer to this curve as “the arc of life” because it works to protect the spinal cord, brain stem, and nerves that travel to every single part of the body.
A common problem chiropractors see is forward head posture. Also called “text neck,” this posture can mimic damage to the neck done in accidents that result in whiplash. As the head hangs forward, stress and strain is placed on the muscles of the shoulders and neck that eventually leads to dysfunction and pain. In fact, forward head posture can add as much as 30 pounds of pressure to the neck, which makes it easy to see how dysfunctions and restrictions in the neck then occur. This shift in posture, if uncorrected, can create lasting problems with posture and function.
Another postural issue seen by many chiropractors is unbalanced or uneven shoulders. Purses, backpacks, and gym bags all contribute to this issue as people carry around more and more weight in their bags. When the weight of a bag isn’t evenly distributed, it causes the body to shift in order to compensate for it. This leads over time to muscle imbalance and uneven shoulders.
If you're experiencing pain in your back or neck, you may be a victim of one of these posture problems. So come into The Joint today and have it evaluated!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.