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Good Posture

We're a health-conscious society today and good posture is a part of that. Good posture means your spinal bones are properly aligned and your joints, muscles and ligaments can work as nature intended. Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system. Without good posture your overall health can be compromised. The long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems such as digestion, elimination and breathing as well as muscles and ligaments. A person who has poor posture often may be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.

One of the more common postural distortions seen in doctor's offices these days is Forward Head Posture or FHP. FHP is becoming a common modern day affliction. The repetitive use of computers, TV, video games, trauma and even backpacks have forced the body to adapt to a forward head posture.

Think of your child's head as a bowling ball that weighs between 8-10 pounds. Ideally your head should be positioned directly over your cervical (neck) spine and shoulders. If your head is even 1 inch forward to this normal position the weight of your head effectively doubles the load your neck has to support. The spinal tissues can, over time, deform and undergo remodeling changes that could become permanent. When this happens it takes much more time to correct. Postural distortions are very subtle at first and become progressively worse over time if steps are not taken to change their course. Some evidence exists that postural positions can affect the nerve tissue by altering blood flow to the spinal cord.

Monitoring good posture should be a lifetime commitment. With a little effort and awareness, you can be assured a future of doing things you love, rather than suffering from the damage and degeneration FHP and poor posture can bring.

Chiropractic care can help to restore proper posture naturally, thereby helping to avoid future health problems.