Have you ever been told to “put your shoulders back” or “stand up straight?”
While poor posture isn’t always overtly visible, it is still one of the most commonly unaddressed afflictions on the globe, causing innumerable health challenges that are often overlooked. Many people believe that it’s easy to fix poor posture by simply making an effort to straighten up, but those who have tried to create a good posture “habits” know that resolving poor posture is far more complex than simply applying willpower.
Proper (or aligned) posture is an intricate process controlled by a very connected and collaborative network. To achieve ideal alignment, the skeletal structure, the body’s musculature, and the nerve networks and ligaments must be functioning in harmony. If any of these components are operating out of balance, the entire system is affected. This leads to rounded shoulders, forward head position, back aches and pains, muscle fatigue, headaches, and any number of other symptoms which may be mistakenly attributed to other causes. Many individuals spend years of their lives believing that they are simply prone to headaches and back pain before realizing that these symptoms can be resolved at the root if their posture is corrected.
Further, many individuals believe that they are doomed to certain undesirable physical characteristics before they experience expert chiropractic care. Some patients gain the appearance of several inches in height or a larger, more prominent bosom by the end of their individualized treatment plan, a result which helps to relieve years of insecurity about physical qualities they previously believed to be permanent. The benefits of restoring ideal posture are not just health-improving, but very often esthetic-improving, too.
Over time, prolonged poor posture begins to create minor injuries to the joints, surrounding tissue, and muscles. As this occurs, the body attempts to heal itself by inducing inflammation, a bodily process in which fresh, nutrient-rich blood is concentrated to an area with the objective of bringing it back to optimal function. Unfortunately, if poor posture is not correctly resolved and the spine and surrounded structures brought back into alignment, the inflammation is unable to achieve its purpose. Instead of creating healing as hoped, further damaged can be inflicted by what eventually becomes chronic inflammation.
Expert chiropractic care works to reduce and eliminate inflammation by treating the problem at its source—fixing the misalignment. Through the use of both adjustments and spinal traction, which is an intensive form of treatment designed to move bones (similar to orthodontics), a chiropractor can aid the spine in achieving optimal alignment by fundamentally reshaping its structure. In order to achieve this outcome, a series of x-rays and digital imaging technology is employed to accurately identify the source of the imbalance. Once the imbalance has been identified at its precise location in the spine, it is directly treated though the principles of Chiropractic BioPhysics, a specialized branch of chiropractic science intended to produce long-term results in bone and joint movement.
The pain created from improper spinal alignment can manifest in a variety of different forms, sometimes making it difficult to even identify that poor posture is the root cause. While it’s tempting to turn to over-the-counter pain and prescription pain medication to treat chronic back pain, this solution doesn’t address the origin of the pain. Over time, back pain treated exclusively with pain medication can worsen, particularly if it is posture-related and the spine is becoming increasingly more misaligned over time.
A Note on Injury:
If you’re experiencing chronic back pain that you suspect originates from an injury, consider seeking an expert chiropractic postural assessment. Oftentimes, the spine becomes misaligned as the result of the impact, compression, and inflammation which accompanies an injury. Even after injured areas heal, residual back pain can remain as a result of these postural changes, and may be relieved through posture-focused chiropractic care.