Chiropractic is the science of relating the nervous system to the body’s functional health. Its goal is to keep you healthy by keeping your spine and nervous system healthy. The Chiropractic approach to well-being has always been based on “being well” instead of simply “relieving symptoms.” Posture is the window to your spine and health, ultimately affecting your entire nervous system.
The normal spine is quite flexible and structurally strong and reflects the dynamic movement of the human body. It supports the body and all its organs and protects the spinal cord and nerves that carry messages between your brain and the rest of the body. Every activity, even breathing, demands movement of the spine, ribs, and attachments.
Poor posture will result in abnormal spinal curvatures and stretch the delicate spinal cord, which is not designed to stretch, resulting in decreased nerve impulses. Nerve impulses are the lifeline communication between your brain and all bodily functions. Poor posture also compromises the rib cage movement, causing diminished lung function. It also restricts other vital body organs, producing additional internal stress.
If left uncorrected, it can slowly affect the health and well-being of an individual.
Here are some ways that you can test posture in your family and friends:
- Observe someone walking to determine whether one foot is turned out or inwards.
- Use imaginary horizontal lines through three different areas, the bottom of the ears, the top of the shoulders, and the bony top of the pelvis. If they are not exactly horizontal, it signifies abnormal posture.
- Observe someone’s posture from the side and ensure their ear is directly over the shoulder. If not, they may be suffering from forward head posture.
If any of these tests demonstrate postural faults, get them to a chiropractor for a complete evaluation.