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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Nervous System & Chiropractic

Chiropractic is so much more than ‘cracking’ backs!

Contrary to what most people think, Chiropractic care is not just for neck and back pain. I suppose when we become sick, we don’t tend to say, “I think my nervous system needs fixing.” Although, this can exactly the case. To apprehend how powerful chiropractic care can be, an understanding of the importance of the nervous system is crucial.

The nervous system is so vital and central to controlling functioning of our bodies. Without it, our hearts would stop beating, our lungs will collapse and the body will be at a halt.

The two main parts of the nervous system are the brain and the spinal cord. Without the brain, we would not be able to give commands out to other areas in our body (eg limbs and organs.) And we would not be able to receive, process and interpret messages from the rest of the body. The spinal cord acts as the main pathway that delivers the messages from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa.  If we think about it, the spinal cord is just like the main highway and the messages from the brain leave the main highway to different parts of the body. The nervous system is what powers and governs the body. Without it, our bodies would not be able to function.

The Spinal Cord

So how does this relate to the spine? Well like we just mentioned above, the nervous system consists of two main parts; the brain and the spinal cord. It’s common knowledge that the skull protects the brain and spine protects the spinal cord. This means that the spine and the spinal cord have a very close relationship with each other. Sometimes life’s physical (repetitive movements, staying in one position too long, etc.) and mental (financial, relationships, anxiety, etc.) stressors can alter the spinal structure. This alteration in the structure will act as a roadblock for the nervous system in the spine. This is why achieving the best functioning spinal structure, is our goal at Revolution Chiropractic. We know that by having a healthy spine and good structure, we minimise musculoskeletal problems as well as maintaining a healthy nervous system.

So there you have it, Chiropractic is so much more than just pain. Only 10% or the nerves that run through the spine are related to back and neck pain. The other 90% is all about the information from the brain to and from the rest of the body. Hopefully, you are now aware that the nervous system governs every part of the body and how a healthy, well-structured spine is central to improving the brain-body connection.

Keeping your Nervous System at its optimum state

Chiropractic care helps keep the nervous system healthy. When your spine is misaligned, the messages that are carried through the spine aren’t firing properly, throwing the body out of whack. This can wreck havoc on daily life but also increase chances of developing various diseases later down the line. Having regular visits with your chiropractor can assist you in maintaining a healthy functioning nervous system and thus – healthier brain and body!

For treatment and a check up you can visit our Revolution Chiropractic and wellness clinic in Auckland, North Shore. 

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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.

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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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All About Babies

  1. Babies head shape:

    It’s a myth that an odd shaped babies head is of no concern and will right itself. However anomalies of shape can be the first indication that your child is susceptible to developmental delay. If the babies head looks uneven or you notice flat areas, this can indicate restrictions between the skull and the soft layers that cover the brain and spinal cord.SELF CHECK: Babies and Children that have spinal distress will result in a head tilt to one side so one ear sits higher than the other (refer to next picture). At times the head can be rotated or turned to one side which is usually the side a baby prefers to rotate their head when lying down or sleeping.

    If your child’s head is odd shaped, have their skeletal system checked by a Chiropractor as early as possible. The focus is not aesthetics but to help increase the neurological function of your child.

  2.  Good Posture is essential in babies too!


    Our awesome grandmothers were right ✅
    Our children need reminding to
    -Stand up straight
    -Sit up straight
    -Look up from phonesWith the evolving lifestyle, most children are neglecting to strengthen certain muscles as the grow and develop. They need to particularly concentrate on strengthening the mid back SIMPLE TIPS

    -Rub the back of your child’s neck along their hairline
    -Tickle their back regularly
    -Write letters and numbers on their back in the bath
    -Play on all fours (horse rides and piggy backs)

  3. Importance of tummy time


    From a neurological perspective, it is important babies have short periods of TUMMY TIME which is time spent lying on their tummies and holding their own heads upThis simple act builds up the neck muscles and activates the brainstem pathways which are critical for healthy brain development.

    For the first few weeks, pay attention – the baby will get tired easily in this position.

    SELF CHECK: If your baby does not appear to like lying on their stomach this could be an indication of spine or nerve irritation, so have them checked by a Chiropractor.

  4. Baby Massage

     

    Massage provides wonderful stimulus and feedback to the brain. When performing all over body massage make sure your child is warm (after a bath is perfect) and use gentle, broad contact If your child is irritable, particularly if they are over stimulated when it is time for sleep. Firmer pressure holds are fabulous to calm the nervous system down. Use your hand to apply medium – firm pressure for the count of three and move your hand slightly and apply pressure again.Baby massage helps your baby gently transition into their new world It has been shown to support baby’s sleeping, settling and soothing abilities, growth and development and enhance their immune system. Not only is it a tool that helps maintain your babies health and well being. But a wonderful experience to share with your baby. You and your baby will be communicating with gentle touch, rhythm, eye contact, voice and body language. It gives you one on one time where you will learn to calm yourself and your baby, confidently communicate with your baby and tune into your own natural instinct.

  5. Baby sleep

     

    It can be hard to realize how much sleep a new born baby or a child requires to be healthy. If a baby or child does not wake up easily and with energy each morning, this could indicate they are not getting enough quality sleep. Parents can often miss child ‘tired cues’ causing difficulty trying to put them to bed when their brain is firing up in fourth gear A set routine for dinner and bedtime makes life easier. Start activities well before your child is likely to be tired and ready for sleep  It’s likely that your baby won’t stay asleep for more than one hour to three hours  at a time in her first few months.Total sleep required for your baby in a 24 hour period is as follows
    ▪️New born 17 hours
    ?1 – 3 Months 16 hours
    ▪️ 6 months 14 hours
    ?9 – 12 months 13 hours

  6. Sensory stimulation for your baby

     

    Whenever possible introduce new sensory experiences to your child. Let them play with a range of objects which have different textures, temperatures or sounds. Use the everyday world to excite their senses; have them run barefoot on the grass, sand, dip their fingers and toes in water or play with rustling leaves. Just because babies and young children cannot articulate themselves, they can still understand your intent and feelings. You can extend their lingual and comprehension skills using language.For example: Rather than pointing to a dog  and saying ‘puppy dog’ you could say ‘there is a puppy dog, he barks and says woof woof’

    As your child grows, ask them questions that test their short and long term memory.

  7. Milestones

     

    Help your children through their milestones! The movement , behaviour and language  your baby should ideally be demonstrating at different ages are called age-appropriate developmental milestones.  By knowing these milestones, you can help ensure that your child’s brain is working as it should and when to take action if your child needs additional help ‍‍‍We need to have the courage to “tickle out” the weak links as early as possible to prevent them becoming major hurdles in life. Keep an eye  on your baby’s vision, hearing and motor skills as they move from newborn to toddler, our children all have areas where they excel, and where they lag and as parents and carers it is our job to compare children to themselves, and help them along the way.

  8. Early signs

     

    As parents, we must observe our children to see that they are integrating their world around them. There are sure signs  to look out for that may indicate that your child is not thriving  as well as they can. Early signs of a body out of balance include; head tilted to one side, ears and eyes  uneven, uneven head shape, flat or pointed ears, body looks uneven; for example shoulders are not level, baby lies on an angle, obvious muscle tension where baby may not look relaxed  or a lack of muscle tone, where baby looks floppy. If you notice any of these signs in your baby, consider having them checked by a chiropractor.

  9. Importance of playtime for babies

     

    Babies spend nearly half of their waking time doing things like waving their arms kicking and bouncing. While it may appear all this activity is pointless, it is actually benefiting the child’s development in some way. With this is mind, allow children plenty of time to play independently – this is vital for motor and cognitive development Whenever possible allow your child to move about, explore their world  and entertain themselves with a variety of objects such as cups, spoons, balls, string, a plastic mirror etc.Each time a child experiences a new object or texture new neurological synapses connect. Eventually building circuits that are strong enough to trigger the next developmental milestone. As your child grows older, teach them more stimulating activities such as blowing bubbles or balloons, building with blocks, doing puzzles and counting beads.

  10. Importance of WATER

     

    Help your children develop the habit of drinking lots of water!  Water should constitute one of the single most essential elements in our child’s diet . Just as a car  cannot run without gas and oil, water is important to the mechanics of the human body all cell and organ function depends upon water!A  2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. Many children are frequently dehydrated, suffering from concentration issues, constipation and digestive problems.

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How Poor Posture Is Destroying Your Health & 2 Posture Tests To Try At Home

Why is proper posture so important? Is it for the way you look? Sure, people definitely look better when they fix their posture. But regardless of esthetics, your posture is actually key to how your body functions in more ways than one.

Take muscles for example: when you’re sitting with your head forward, your posterior (back) neck muscle are working way too hard to support your head, while your anterior (front) neck muscles switch off. This leads to muscle imbalances and over time may very well develop into neck pain which can be stemming from degeneration, disc disease, muscle strains and so on.

Now your organs: when your body gets used to a slouching position and makes it a long term problem your intestines get compressed and digestion can become difficult. Poor posture also reduces lung capacity by up to 30%. As you can imagine it can compress the heart and reduce the flow of blood to vital organs thereby making them work less efficient and create disease within them.

Not only does posture affect you physically, it can also be detrimental psychologically. Studies have linked poor posture to increased depression, stress and fatigue.

The overall effect can become global and when those issues persist long term they can take away from your quality of life and even longevity.

 

“How do I know if I have a possible posture problem?”

 

Luckily there are 2 tests that you can try at home to see if you have any possible posture problems. All you need is a wall and/or a floor!

 

The Wall Test

 

Stand with the back of your head against the wall with your heels 6 inches away from the wall. Your buttocks and shoulder blades should touch the wall.

If you can slide more than 3 fingers behind your neck or the small of your back then it indicates poor posture.

 

The Floor Angel

 

Lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet on the ground. Lower your rib cage so it’s in contact with the floor and your arms are out and bent at the elbow by 90 degree like so:

If your hips, rib cage, head or wrists and arms can’t maintain contact with the floor then this may indicate possible postural issues.

Try these out and see what your posture is like! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask your structural chiropractor.

 

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