When your posture is in the ideal position and balance, your vertebral discs, joints, muscles and supporting connective tissues provide minimum stress on the body. Conversely, the effects of poor posture can be far reaching.

Studies have shown that even minor forward head posture was shown to be detrimental. From breathing and heart rate, to pain and disability, all health markers that were measured worsened as the posture deviations increased.

Posture involves the chain-link concept of joint mechanics whereby problems can occur above or below the point of dysfunction or disorder along the body chain.

For example:

Low back pain or knee pain can arise from pelvic joint dysfunction
Headaches, shoulder joint dysfunction, neck and upper back pain may result from forward head posture

How can a chiropractor help?

Chiropractic adjustments help to restore posture by improving motion and spinal integrity which improves afferent input into the spinal cord and brain, thus, allowing the body to comprehend and balance itself better in relation to gravity.

CSG chiropractors can address workplace or home ergonomics where people spend prolonged periods of time, to ensure their patients are supporting the healing process and maintaining a healthy posture.

Common Causes of Poor Posture

Poor postural habit- the 4 S’s. Sitting, Standing, Sleeping, and Sports & Activities of daily living
Psychological factors, ie. lowered self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorders
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
Pain and muscle spasm, causing avoidance postures
Joint restrictions (hypomobility)
Weak muscles
Poor work station setup
Poor posture should not be confused with Scoliosis condition. If in doubt, make an appointment for a comprehensive spinal and postural assessment.