Are Posture & High Blood Pressure Linked?

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on February 3, 2020 - 12:32pm

The Asian Spine Journal published something so seemingly unrelated that It needed discussion.

The study used 655 participants (262 men and 393 women; mean age, 72.9 years; range, 50–92 years) and it's purpose was to investigate a possible relationship between sagittal posture and blood pressure.

Full spine and pelvic x-rays were taken, and thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, pelvic tilt, sacral slope, pelvic incidence, and the sagittal vertical axis (SVA) were measured. The analysis was done using image-analysis software.

The results showed that the Sagittal Vertical Axis significantly shifted forward (almost double the amount) in those people with high blood pressure.

In English, this means that people with high blood pressure tend to be more forward with their posture, which is significant because the more forward your posture is shifted, the higher your chance of becoming disabled.

Here Is What We Covered

  • Why you should care about this, the significance of this study and the potential relationship.
  • The important difference between posture and structure.
  • What could chronic high blood pressure be a sign of?
  • What the possible relationship is between poor posture and high blood pressure.
  • The link between insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal health and tissue microcirculation.
  • Understanding the importance and implications of Global Sagittal Alignment.
  • Tangible actions and steps you can do to ensure healthier cardiovascular and spinal health.
  • The relationship between all parts of your body.

Stuff From This Episode

Hypertension Is Related to Positive Global Sagittal Alignment: A Cross-Sectional Cohort Study.

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