Gravity is a Drag.
No matter who you are, there is one law that no one is above
and that is law of gravity.
All day, every day the force of gravity is at work pulling
on your body. Luckily your body was designed to withstand the
force of gravity, when used correctly.
The curves in our back and neck distribute the weight of the
body in such a way that it requires the least amount of energy.
When you allow your posture to "fall out" of its normal
shape, the forces that are put on the back and neck increase
You can experience this for yourself if you pick up a slightly
heavy weight and hold it next to your head just above your shoulder.
Now take that same weight and hold it out in front of your body.
It is obliviously more difficult to hold out in front of you
which is exactly what happens when we have poor posture.
Why is posture so important anyway?
Posture is related to overall body health. Studies have shown
people with poor posture have poorer health than those who have
good posture. Poor posture can also lead to headaches, neck
pain, back pain, muscle aches etc.
There is also the issue of the unsightliness associated with
poor posture and advancing age. Unfortunately many of the people
who have gross postural abnormalities at an advanced age have
limited success with treatment due to the chronic nature of
Why do I need a chiropractor to tell me that I slouch?
Determining that you have bad posture is not usually that
difficult, you might have already heard it from parents and
teachers. What a chiropractor does, is determine what you can
do to improve your posture.
At first this might seem to be common sense. Standing up straight
is the way to improve your posture right? Unfortunately it is
not always that simple.
Years of bad posture can lead to changes in your muscles and
skeleton. This can cause you to get into poor posture much easier,
because it feels comfortable. I find these areas that have been
changed and create movement that frees up the body to regain
the correct posture.
Once the posture has been restored I will give you exercises
and stretches that will prevent the poor posture from returning.