and Your Health
The spine is not an inflexible rod as some
people would believe. In fact, it is quite flexible. Structurally
strong, it reflects the dynamic movement of the human body. It not
only supports the body and all its organs, it also protects the
sensitive and delicate spinal cord and spinal nerves. Every
activity, even breathing, demands movement of the spine, ribs and
attachments. The spine gives the human structure both strength
and agility. Man is one of a small group of beings that is classified
as a "biped" (stands erect on two legs). While this
particular position gives man the advantages of agility, leverage
and mobility, it also creates certain structural stresses. The body
must adapt to the continual stress of gravity in order to maintain
The most obvious benefit of good posture is efficiency and comfort.
Yet, because of the interrelationship of the structural (bone) and
functional (organ) systems of the body, posture is also a
factor which can determine health. For example, poor posture compromises
the health. For example, poor posture compromises the movements
of the rib cage and does not allow the lungs to function at maximum
efficiency in order to bring to function at maximum efficiency in
order to bring much needed oxygen to the tissues and eliminate carbon
dioxide wastes. Other vital organs of the body are also restricted
when body posture is improper.
This produces structural stress. Your doctor of chiropractic is
a specialist in body mechanics. He is concerned with structural,
muscular and neurological aspects of the human body. His treatment
is aimed at maintaining sound structure of the body by correcting
spinal defects and postural distortion, sand preventing spinal health
of posture to physical Development
While people with good posture stand straighter and look better,
there are advantages to correct posture that go beyond appearance.
In 1930, the White House Conference on Child Health recognized the
importance of spinal integrity in the physical development of the
Since then, doctors of all disciplines have stressed its importance
to health - further substantiating chiropractic's emphasis of the
importance of good body mechanics.
The human body, like a machine, is subject to balance, rhythm, timing
and coordinated action of all its components.
Correct posture enables the body to function more efficiently, allowing
Can Posture Affect Mental Attitude?
Posture affects your image as others see you and as you see
yourself. It reflects your personality, your confidence, your
attitude, your ability... and your health. There is and interrelationship
between how you stand, sit and walk, and how you feel. More
than anything else, it is a tip-off to others as to whether you
are a positive person or a negative person, a strong person or a
weak person, a healthy person or an ill person.
There are many tests for evaluating your posture, many of which
require precise instruments and expert evaluation.
However, you may want to give yourself a preliminary self-test.
Test #1. Stand with your back to the wall. Place your
head, shoulder blades, calves and heels against the wall.
Place your hands at your sides. Flatten the hollow of your back
by pressing the buttocks back against the wall.
If the space sat the back of your posture
is not correct.
Test #2. Face a wall with your toes touching the wall.
If your posture is correct, your chest will
just touch the wall just touch the wall.
If your head touches, your posture is poor.
Test #3. Face a full-length mirror and view your shoulders and hips.
These areas should be level.
If one shoulder is higher or one hip is lower, there is an imbalance
in your posture which should be checked professionally.
If a postural problem is indicted as a result of the self-test,
it would be wise to discuss it with your doctor of chiropractic.
He will determine if there is a health or developmental problem
and recommend proper procedures. As a preliminary to treatment,
the doctor of chiropractic makes a thorough examination of your
spine and related tissues. He may use X-ray if need is indicated.
You can depend upon his specialized knowledge to diagnose the problem,
and offer corrective treatment and sound advice.
Causes Poor Posture?
There are many reasons for poor posture, the most serious of
which is a birth defect. In many cases, it is a combination of several
reasons that causes a person to have poor posture. Among the
causes are the following:
1. Visual problems.
2. Emotional problems.
3. Excessive weight.
4. Foot problems or improper shoes.
5. Weak muscles, muscle imbalance.
6. Improper nutrition.
8. Poor sleep support (mattress).
9. Injury to muscles, ligaments, tendons
10. Negative mental and physical attitudes.
11. Occupational stress and position.
Many Postural Faults Can Be Helped
The effects of poor posture can be serious in terms of health,
comfort and efficiency, causing fatigue. Many problems can
be helped. If you or a member of your family has what appears to
be a postural problem, you should seek the advice of a doctor of
chiropractic. Unless there is an anatomical (structural deformity)
or pathological (disease-caused) disturbance, the chances for correction
If not corrected, poor posture can affect the health and well-being
of the individual. Poor posturecontributes to shallow breathing;
a cramped chest cavity, faulty digestion, poor elimination; and
poor venous return, each of which affects not only the functions
of individual organs, but also the system. Lack of energy
and reduced coordination are just two of many symptoms of a body
that is not functioning efficiently. Since poor posture affects
efficiency, whatever the activity, it is especially important for
employers, educators and parents to direct their efforts toward
improving posture. Better and more scientifically designed chairs,
better positioning of school work and recreational materials, and
a more informative program of posture education contribute to more
and better production.
What Are The Benefits Of Correct Posture?
1. Improves your health.
2. Improves your appearance.
3. Improves your coordination.
4. Increases your strength.
5. Gives you more stamina
6. Makes your clothes fit better.
7. Gives you confidence.
8. Gives you better body balance and makes you
9. Reduces the possibility of injury.
10. Aids in physical and mental development.
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