Studies show that proper posture is essential for good health. Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting or lying down. While standing up, good posture is the correct alignment of the head all the way down to the ankles. Studies from the Journal of American Medical Association states that the abnormal forward posture of the head and neck has become an epidemic.
Our spine, also known as our back bone extends from the base of the skull all the way down to the tail bone. Our spine has several vital functions. The spine holds up our posture and serves as an anchor for several back muscles. In addition the spine houses and protects our spinal cord. Our brain and spinal cord make up our central nervous system, which controls every organ, cell and tissue in the body. This is why it is important to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system.
In addition, our head is supported by the neck, which is made up of seven bones (vertebrae) stacked one on top of the other. The vertebrae are cushioned by discs of cartilage and bound together with ligaments. Muscles provide movement and additional support. Our neck should have a 45 degree backward curve, but with forward head posture this necessary curve is either lost or even worse, reversed. This puts a tremendous strain on the muscles and ligaments that supports our neck and head and compromises the nerves that flow to other parts of the body. Posture correction is oftentimes necessary to get our patients back on the right track to good spinal health.
Causes of Poor Posture
There are several causes that result in poor posture. The largest factor contributing to posture issues is the way we sit. Majority of people allow their bodies to be in a slouched position with their heads forward. The newest contributors leading to posture issues are smart phones and tablets. The act of looking down in the typical “texting” position nearly triples the weight of our head that our neck is forced to support. Over time, our neck adapts to this stress by reversing the normal backward curve of the neck into a forward curve, producing what many doctors call, “Text Neck”.
This can lead to a plethora of disorders including headaches, dizziness, vertigo, neck pain, numbness and tingling into the fingers, decrease thyroid function, and shortness of breath. If not treated promptly, “Text Neck” can result in abnormal fusion of the vertebrae in your neck which is irreversible.
At Divine Spine, we specialize in the treatment of posture issues and have successfully helped numerous individuals including children correct their posture. If you are suffering from the various symptoms caused by poor posture, call our office for a consultation immediately.
Divine Spine utilizes the most advanced treatment technology to restore proper posture. Our computerized adjustment system gently restores motion, corrects alignment without any twisting or popping of the spine. We also utilize specific exercises and stretches to help support proper posture and create stability.