Posture – A Window to Health

Dr. Rachelle Vanderheyden-Jug's picture
on May 14, 2013 - 11:29am
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Shoulders rounded, head forward and eyes down.  Does this look like any teenagers you know?  Worse – does it look like any person you know?

It’s human nature to assume this Quasimodo-like trend is “no big deal” -- but your Grandmother was wise when she told you to “stand up straight!”

At the core of our bodies is a forgotten organ called the spine. Made up of 24 moveable bones and 23 spongy discs, it is held together by over 220 specialized ligaments, made moveable by 120 muscles and, most importantly, it protects the most vital system in the human body – The Nervous System.

It goes without saying that this primary system for communication, which organizes health, healing and organ function, should be a key part of your health and self care. Sadly it’s not, and profound changes in the posture of our population are evidence of this attitude.

The real issue is that poor posture is not just a spine problem. It’s a serious health problem.

Two recent studies (American Geriatric Society and Spinal Disorders) noted an increase in mortality by 1.45x in those people with forward head posture! Add to that an increase in the dreaded “hump” at the top of the thoracic spine, extra stress to the muscles of the neck, decreased lung capacity by 30%, and even compression on internal organs – it’s a serious matter.

Sitting is the New Smoking This health problem is just one more indicator we are living in opposition to our design. From early in life our children sit at desks for school and slouched on the couch playing video games or texting. This continues into adulthood for most. The issue - greater than 6 hours per day of sitting - also increases mortality. Sitting to the spine is much like sugar to the teeth – it causes decay and dysfunction.

Living Life By Design starts with addressing this Brain – Body Connection. Ensuring the health of this delicate pathway is the role for your Subluxation Based Chiropractor.

As the Twig is Bent, So Grows the Tree A subluxation is a misalignment in the spinal column that creates or is caused by a disturbance in the nervous system.

A specific procedure, called an Adjustment, has been developed to reduce this subluxation pattern and increase nerve function - along with it - health, healing and repair within the body. This should begin as soon as possible as restoring compromised nerve and spine health becomes more difficult as we age leaving potential untapped instead of living the life we deserve.

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