Posture and Chiropractic

 

What are the benefits of good posture?

 

“Sit up straight” or “don’t slump” is advice we have all probably heard at sometime during our lives, as someone is trying to tell us to fix our bad posture. But you may not understand why having good posture is so important, and all the benefits that good posture can bring about. Here are just some of the many benefits that having good posture1:

  • Less chance of pain in the neck or lower back – poor posture places stress on these areas and can cause pain
  • Decreased incidence of headaches – poor posture leads to increased muscle tension at the back of the neck which can cause tension headaches
  • Increased energy levels – when all of our joints are in their correct alignment this allows our muscles to work at their best, which stops them from using excess energy, so this energy can be used elsewhere in the body
  • Decreased risk of joint degeneration – poor posture places excess stress on some joints, which can eventually lead to degeneration
  • Increased lung capacity – slouching compresses your lungs, having good posture gives your lungs more room to expand
  • Improved circulation and digestion – just like your lungs, other organs can be compressed with bad positioning, good posture allows your organs to work at their best, helping with functions such as circulation and digestion
  • Improved core strength and reduce injury – good posture allows your core and back muscles to stay active and engaged, resulting in a strong core. This strong core protects our spine and minimises your chance of injury
  • Increased confidence – good posture can make you appear taller and more attractive to other people. Which also improves confidence and self-esteem

 

What can cause bad posture?

 

Numerous things can cause us to have bad posture including2:

  • Slouching when sitting or standing – this can place strain on your muscles and can also cause some of your muscles to stop working effectively, which could leave you more vulnerable to injury
  • Wearing high heels – this can cause an increased curve in you lower back, putting more stress on this area of your spine
  • Increased weight or pregnancy – excess weight around the stomach and pregnancy can also cause and increased curve in the lower back
  • Leaning on one leg when standing – this causes an imbalance to muscles, mostly around the pelvis, which can place extra stress on the pelvis and lower spine. This can also be caused by carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder, carrying a child on one hip, or even sitting with your phone or wallet in your back pocket
  • Hunching over when at a computer or on your phone – this usually causes tight chest muscles and weak upper back muscles, which can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back

 

How can chiropractic help?

 

Chiropractic is extremely beneficial when it comes to improving posture. The first way chiropractic can help, is through the chiropractic adjustment. By adjusting segments of the spine that aren’t moving properly, chiropractors can return the normal movement and function to the joints of the spine. Bringing  overall balance to the body. This helps with postural imbalances such as having one hip or shoulder higher than the other, or when the natural curve in your neck has started to straighten out.

When the joints of the spine are moving properly, this better enables them to sit in the correct position. Also allowing the muscles around them to activate work properly to support the spine, thus creating better posture3. However, chiropractic adjustments alone aren’t going to give you perfect posture. You will have to put in some work yourself. As chiropractors have so much knowledge on the spine and posture they can provide you with many stretches and exercises that will help to improve your posture. They can also provide lifestyle advice such as how best to set up your seat, computer, and desk at work. Chiropractic care along with the advice given by your chiropractor can have an amazing impact on your posture4.

 

 

 

References:

 

  1. Jonaitis, J. (2018, September 18). 12 benefits of good posture — and how to maintain it. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/posture-benefits
  2. (2019, July 10). Common posture mistakes and fixes. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/common-posture-mistakes-and-fixes/
  3. Physio Works. (2019, March 17). What are the benefits of good posture? https://physioworks.com.au/FAQRetrieve.aspx?ID=31641
  4. American Chiropractic Association. (n.d.). Posture. https://acatoday.org/content/posture-power-how-to-correct-your-body-alignment

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Covid-19 and Chiropractic Care

Coronavirus Covid-19 and Chiropractic Health Care

We are in interesting and uncertain times with Covid-19 hanging around and as chiropractic Drs, we are concerned. This is a new virus, with unique transmission qualities and we are not sure when will ride its course or the scale of the resulting consequences. You will have received copious amounts of advice from experts around the globe of how to prepare for this pandemic. A great deal of which is centred around “flattening the curve”. That is slowing down the rate of transmission to a level that our health care system can work with. So keeping ourselves healthy, practicing social distancing , limiting travel and sanitising regularly.

How does Chiropractic fit in to Virus impact and Covid-19 ?

We are Doctors of Chiropractic and a such have a holistic perspective on Covid-19. Chiropractors are a vital component of the health care industry. So it goes without saying that human health is our sole focus and specifically with regards to the ‘functioning and performance’ of the human body. This is crucially important to consider because with Covid-19 in full swing, maximising our optimum state of mind and health has never been more vital. We know that by having sound bodies, we are equipped and in the best possible state of health to fight any enemy. In this case a coronavirus – Covid-19.

The Nervous System

Chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system. The nervous system is central to sending communicative messages around the body. These messages contain information, instructing our bodies how to best react in certain situations. Therefore it is imperative, we keep these millions of signals firing fast and efficiently.

That is right, Chiropractic are not just about pain and posture! In the end we are looking to enhance your body by creating a better structure leading to a healthier nervous system and thus the best ability to fight this virus.

The Immune System

The nervous system links up with the immune system. If we can keep our nervous system functioning optimally, we boost our immune systems. Research shows that getting regular adjustments enhances your nervous system.

Studies

The study “Relationship between Vertebral Deformities and Allergic Diseases” indicates there is a close relationship between vertebral subluxation (dysfunction in spinal joints) in the thoracic spine and immune function. This study was done on people who were experiencing dermatitis and other skin issues. A Skin issues are often caused by dysfunction of the immune system leaving the body easily exposed to allergens. After receiving regular chiropractic care, 88% of the participants showed improvements in their skin issues. This concludes that chiropractic care plays a big part of helping to improve your immune system.

Another interesting study showed that receiving a spinal adjustment immediately boosts immune function. The study showed that right after receiving a chiropractic adjustment a “phagocytic respiratory burst of polymorph nuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes” are released. These PMN and monocytes are the white blood cells that goes out into the body to engulf the unwanted and foreign substances.

The above highlight that by receiving chiropractic care, you can immediately boost both your nervous system and immune function. And these are the core systems which keep your body safe from viruses, colds and flus.

Finally, the researchers at Life Chiropractic University adjusted a group of HIV patients for 6months. After 6 months of chiropractic care, patients CD4 cells increased by 48%. CD4 cells area crucial part of our immune system. They send signals for other cells such asphagocytes and CD8 killer cells to eliminate pathogens and foreign substance. While the control group (the people who were not adjusted) showed no signs of improvement and their CD4 countdecreased by 7.96%. This shows that chiropractic care can raise the alertness of your immune system allowing it to increase the likely hood of detecting foreign substances.

Visit your Chiropractor!

We want you to be aware of the power of chiropractic. We are not saying that chiropractic can cure all and 100% prevent you from catching any disease. Based on experience and research, it will however, decrease the likelihood of you being sick by raising your immunity. During this time, it is important more than ever to get checked by your chiropractor to protect you, and the loved ones around you


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Sitting and Posture Health

Poor sitting posture and effects on spine health

Have a desk job and worried about your sitting posture? You are right to! Over time, poor posture from bad habits during everyday activities can wreck havoc on your spine. For instance, having a desk job, driving, leaning over a cell phone, carrying a bag over same shoulder, prolonged standing, breastfeeding and caring for small children, or even sleeping.

Poor posture can become ingrained, causing and aggravating episodes of back and neck pain and damaging spinal structures. What’s more, damaged spinal structures can have other knock off effects throughout the rest of the body. The good news is, our spine is adjustable and with a few simple changes, good posture and spine health can be achieved.

Here are a couple of steps you can take immediately to improve bad posture:

1. Identify the symptoms of back pain caused by an inefficient work environment and poor posture.

  • Did something change in your environment within the same period the pain commenced? For example, a new job, a new office chair, or a new car, a new desk.
  • Is the back pain is worse at certain times of day, or week? For instance, after a long day of sitting in an office chair in front of a computer.
  • Does the pain start in the neck and move downwards into the upper back, lower back, and extremities?
  • Does the pain ease after switching positions?

Right and wrong sitting posture - office chair

2. Keep the body aligned properly while sitting in an office chair and while standing

  • When standing, distribute body weight evenly across the front, back, and sides of the feet.
  • When sitting, select a chair that’s features support good posture. Sit up straight and align the ears, shoulders, and hips in one vertical line.
  • If you need to change position throughout the day, try shifting forward to the edge of the seat with a straight back and alternate with sitting back against the support arch of the office chair to ease the strain on back muscles.
  • Try a balance / swiss ball. In this position the pelvis is tilted gently forward increasing the lumbar curve which shifts the shoulders back (similar to sitting on the edge of a chair seat).
  • Be aware of and avoid positions such as crossing legs unevenly while sitting, sitting on your legs, leaning to one side, hunching the shoulders up or forward, and tilting the head.
    Correct sitting posture at desk or office chair

3. Get up and move frequently.

This one is so easy to achieve, yet often the most forgotten. As muscles become strained, slouching, slumping, and other bad postures occur; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back.

Change positions frequently, in order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture. At work,  set an alarm to remind you to get up and take a break from sitting in an office chair every hour for at least two minutes. During this time stretch, stand, or walk.

poor posture sitting - stand and stretch

When to see a Chiropractor for poor posture

Many people visiting our chiropractic clinic in Auckland suffer from back pain or neck pain relating to poor posture. Our approach to treating this is very effective. We start by examining and fixing the physical problems — a process that usually involves chiropractic adjustments to correct any misalignments.

Secondly, we identify the cause of your poor posture. We find any lifestyle factors which are causing the issue. Such as assessing your sitting positions, desk environment and any other relevant triggers. We then show you correct sitting and standing positions and give you tools and exercises to prevent poor posture in the future. By correcting the root cause of postural issues, we can ensure that the musculoskeletal system remains healthy.

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