Posture doesn’t just make us look sexy and make our parents happy when we are sitting up straight. Our posture is the alignment of our spinal column in conjunction with the tone of our myofascial system. The proper alignment of our spine allows for our spinal nerves to innervate our body and carry signals from our brain to the rest of our body. Improper alignment decreases this nerve conduction and decreases the function of our nerves, compromising our organs. When the bones in our spine shift, it changes how the disc’s absorb the pressure. This creates irritation and will produce pain. Overall poor posture will decrease your lifespan and quality of life.
A chiropractic adjustment is the precise moving of a bone back into proper position. This is done by determining the bone that is misaligned through motion analysis, posture, and orthopedic testing.
Chiropractors correct posture in many different ways. Through adjustments of the spine we can get misaligned vertebrae back in place. Through soft tissue release we can correct the musculature that created the misalignment. Most importantly we can strengthen around the corrections made to the spine. A chiropractor works with patients to create proper movement patterns and educate them on how to maintain their health.
Forward head posture is very common with the ever growing technology of our world. This is a flattening of the curve in the neck leading to compromised nerve function and increased tension in the musculature of the neck. Thoracic kyphosis or increased curve in the middle back is another area chiropractors commonly treat.
Examination includes gathering a detailed history of the patient. Evaluating range of motion as well as specific orthopedic tests. X-rays or speciality imaging may be taken depending on the type of practice and the condition being treated. To learn more about how a chiropractor can help with posture, schedule a free consultation with a San Diego chiropractor.