Maintain Good Posture

Jan 01

One of the most common reasons for health problems that I see in my office is faulty posture. Having poor posture will almost guarantee that you’ll have Chiropractic structural problems. But luckily, if you get proper chiropractic spinal & extremity adjustments and are put on a postural rehabilitation program, postural faults will not plague you.
What constitutes good posture?

If you drop a line down from your head to your feet it should pass directly through the following:

Ear canal

Shoulder joint

Hip joint

Knee joint

Ankle joint

Effects of poor posture

The immediate effect of having poor posture is that you’ll start to develop abnormal pains in your body. These are pains that you have no idea why they’re there. You’ll begin to notice that you’ll have upper neck, back and low back pain. You may even develop foot, knee and hip pain.
How do you correct poor posture?

Step 1: Make sure that you are analyzed by a competent Chiropractic physician (preferably one who focuses on postural alignment).

Step 2: Remove structural interferences in all affected joints. As Chiropractors, we term these interferences “subluxations.” These subluxations interfere with your joint’s normal motion and restricted motion is the first step toward postural distortions.

Step 3: Focus on retraining the surrounding stabilizing muscles. This is most important to a lasting postural correction. Along with making sure the surrounding muscles are “firing at optimal” your chiropractor should then make sure all the surrounding muscles move together in a synchronous pattern. When the muscles move synchronously you decrease the wear and tear on the joint.

Step 4: Focus on general postural enhancing exercises. There are specific exercises that will help you to regain proper posture. Some include: chin-tuck, doorway stretches, abdominal bracing and pelvic rocking.

Visit our La Jolla Chiropractic site for more information.