If you’re like 80% of people these days…the answer’s YES. Forward neck posture and a hunched upper back are the most common causes of neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches. What’s more, poor posture makes your body work harder, and wear out faster.
We spend more time in front of computers than ever before in history. To make matter worse, laptops ipads and smartphones are not like desktops, they can’t be used ergonomically correct on their own, because their screens don’t un-attach from their keyboards. You have to hunch to use them…and we’re seeing more serious health issues arising from this posture than ever before.
Maybe you’ve noticed it yourself: The hump starting at the base of your neck, rounded shoulders, extra tension in your face, low back pain and a belly pooch are some of the more obvious ways your posture’s making you look and feel older.
But even more detrimental are the effects poor posture has on other areas of your health. When you have bad posture, you’re literally crunching your joints, nerves, muscles, and organs together in a manner that doesn’t allow them to function properly. The health complications are vast, and often go untreated until there’s permanent damage.
Below are just some of the health conditions associated with poor posture:
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, upper, lower and middle back
- Costochondritis and other rib issues- becoming VERY common.
- Pinched nerves causing sciatica, hand and arm tingling
- Headaches and Migraines
- Stressful mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnea
- Loss of height
- Decreased blood flow to the brain/Brain fog
- Decreased lung capacity by 30%
- Dizziness, vertigo and balance issues
- Constant Fatigue and lack of energy
- Self confidence issues
- Appearance of sagging chin and jaw
- Increased anxiety and worry, depressed mood
- Jaw pain and sinus issues
- Permanent damage to joints, muscles, ligaments
- Impaired athletic performance
- Looking 10lbs heavier
- Affects hormonal health
What is good posture?
Good posture is the natural alignment of your joints…resulting in all of your systems running efficiently while creating the least amount of tension in your body.
In fact, your bones were designed to “stack” so that you can use the least amount of effort possible to hold yourself up.
Unfortunately, posture is very misunderstood “hot topic” and much of the information and quick fixes on google are simply wrong.
Many people try to fix their posture by squeezing the muscles between their shoulder blades or doing chin tucks but neither of these will lead to good posture, and are actually a hindrance to getting there.
Remember: Proper posture creates more ease, not more tension.
How Can We Help?
The constant microtraumas caused by slouching put stress on the spine, ribs an other joints. Over time you’ll notice you’re losing flexibility as the joints get “stuck”. This can pinch nerves leading to more pain, numbness and tingling.
Unfortunately, once damaging posture has become a long term habit you often need help “unlocking” the joints so that you can begin the process of correcting your posture.
Dr. Shulman and Dr. Neely will check your spine to find the areas that need to be adjusted so you can begin to heal. You’ll notice and improvement in your posture very quickly. It will become easier to sit and stand correctly. Along with adjustments the doctors will provide personalized exercises, stretches and ergonomic or lifestyle suggestions.