Posture is the ‘window into your spine’.
The spine has a powerful relationship with the brain, spinal cord, and overall function of your muscles and organs. This connection means that poor posture and hence spinal health will lead to an overall decrease in brain and organ function.
Nobel Prize winner Dr. Roger Sperry says that the spine is the motor that drives the brain. According to his research 90% of our brain’s energy goes into processing and maintaining the body in an upright and balanced posture.
One of the worst types of health problems people experience is a loss of the natural curves of their spine. Ideally, we should have a 40-45 degree curve in our neck. This curve helps to protect the brain stem and spinal cord and nerves that travel to every part of our body.
‘Subluxation’ is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways affecting organs of the Subluxations can cause pain, but they don’t always affect the nerves that cause pain and so you may not know you have these problems.
Subluxation patterns such as ‘forward head posture’ and loss of the neck curve are most often created by recurrent trauma or poor posture. Trauma includes, for example, the birth process (especially with forceps delivery), falls, car accidents, & sporting activities. You and your colleagues may spend at least 3-4 hours a day slumped, without a break, in front of a computer, a television or texting on your cell phone.
This neck posture and misalignment in your neck can reduce your vital lung capacity and therefore reduce oxygenation to your cells, which can in turn lead to asthma, blood vessel problems, heart disease and problems with your gastrointestinal system.
Studies have shown that chiropractic care effectively reduces forward head posture and improves the curve of the neck. An improved curve and spinal movement can also reduce or remove headaches and dizziness.
Dr.Marcus, Chiropractor at Family Chiropractic Querétaro, offers these posture tips:
…Find a chiropractor who can determine if you have lost any of the vital curvatures in your spine.
…Minimize your time sitting in front of a computer
…Ideally take ‘postural breaks’ every 30-40 minutes, which can be as easy as raising your arms above your head 5 times.
…Use an ergonomic chair (or sit on the edge of your chair) and position your computer screen at a height directly in front of your eye line.
…If you must use a computer or read while in bed, make sure your back is supported with cushions and your computer is on a laptop stand
…If doing housework such as washing up or ironing, put one foot up onto a stool and after a few minutes rest the other foot
…sleep on your front
…sit on your feet
…sit on your wallet
…overload your child’s backpack (or your bag)
…wear high heeled shoes all the day, especially if you are pregnant
Dr.Marcus uses technology to measure your posture and the activity of your spinal muscles as well as completing a thorough orthopedic, chiropractic and neurological examination. Sometimes x-rays are required to see the spine in more detail. If subluxations or misalignments are found in your spine these can be improved with gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments to take the pressure off your brain stem and spinal nerves, improving the function of your entire body. You will also be given specific exercises to support your care.
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