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What Does Your Posture Say About You?

 

If asked what was wrong with your overall posture, a friend of mine would have replied “Nothing.”  She is totally unaware of her posture, as her head tilts forward a large amount, typically while she is working on her reports at her desk. Gradually she even began to tilt forward as she walked. She was able to do this for quite some time without realizing how much her posture needed correction. But gradually she bent forward more and more until she realized something wasn't quite right.

In her late 60's she was hit with shingles, which traveled from the spine down her left leg. She had a severe case, which lasted for months. Later after the shingles had let up, she began to have sciatica pain in her left leg, the same one that she had been hit with during the shingles attack.

The answer was a visit to her chiropractor.

It was established a combination of things had happened. Initial bad posture on the job, coupled with the shingles attack, and poor overall posture resulted in the pain in her left leg. When she arrived she was in pain when she limped in and she was desperate for answers picturing a life of increasing immobility. But the chiropractor helped her calm down and take a look at the progression of events.

The chiropractor started with a review of her medical history, job background and daily schedule, reviewing her work situation and amount of time spent working on reports. Then with spinal adjustments to evaluate the nervous system he identified the sciatica and helped her change her posture both sitting and standing. He also gave her several posture exercises and together they set up ongoing visits and ways that she could improve and track her posture, such as a yoga and a Tai Chi class.

This sort of detective work is a daily occurrence at the chiropractor’s office as he traces the pain and the problem.
In my friend’s case the forward tilt of the pelvis led to sciatica. It can also contribute to lower back pain, leg weakness, muscle pain, and lower extremity circulation difficulties and premature spinal arthritis of the joints and discs.

If you or someone in your family is experiencing this type of pain the chiropractor may be able to help, avoiding medications or surgery.

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