Better Posture = Better Health
Most of us were told by mom to sit up straight and stand up tall, but that’s about all we learn about posture growing up! Most Americans do not recognize posture as an important aspect of protecting your health. Here’s a few reasons why you should take notice…
1- Good posture affects the spinal curve in the neck. Most people who work at a computer fall into bad habits of slumping forward and sticking the head forward. Doing this over the course of years will literally change the curvature that should be preserved in the neck. Once this curvature change begins you will become much more likely to experience headaches including tension and migraine headaches, neck pain and upper back tightness. When you “preserve the curve” your spine will experience much less stress and the muscles can relax easier.
2- Your posture affects your breathing. Changes in the spinal curvature and posture changes affect your ability to get the maximum amount of oxygen. When the spinal column has lost some of its ability to move and expand then the chest will not fully expand which affects the lungs capacity to house as much oxygen. After beginning chiropractic care, those very aware of their oxygen intake such as athletes and singers will notice an immediate improvement in lung function due to the spine’s increased ability to move.
3- Bad posture can pinch nerves. An important aspect of health is the function of your nervous system, the brain and spinal cord, to relay messages throughout the body via the nerves. When the spine has changed shape or alignment due to poor posture then the openings where the nerves come off the spine begin to close up. This causes stress on the nerves or a pinched nerve. Sometimes you can feel a pinched nerve when it goes down the leg (sciatica) or when it goes down the arm. Many times you can’t feel the actual effect of a pinched nerve when the particular nerve goes to the digestive system or the lungs, etc. However, these pinched nerves will still affect overall health, ability to sleep, your energy level and other aspects of your body’s physiological function.
Dr. Ryan Browning