Poor posture can have a number of causes, including a sedentary lifestyle, muscle imbalances, and carrying heavy bags on one shoulder. Prolonged sitting, especially with poor posture, can lead to tight hips and weak core muscles, causing the spine to shift and leading to slouching. Furthermore, carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder can cause the shoulder to drop, leading to a rotation in the spine and a misalignment in the neck and back.
The effects of poor posture can range from mild discomfort to serious health problems. For example, poor posture can lead to chronic neck and back pain, headaches, and muscle fatigue. Additionally, it can place strain on the muscles and joints, leading to chronic pain and even arthritis. Furthermore, poor posture can also affect the digestive and respiratory systems, leading to conditions such as acid reflux and shortness of breath.
Advanced Bio-Structural Correction (ABC) is a form of chiropractic care that aims to address the root cause of poor posture to alleviate chronic pain and improve function. ABC focuses on correcting structural imbalances in the body, primarily through specific spinal adjustments and therapeutic exercises. The goal of ABC is to realign the spine and restore proper balance and function to the body, thereby reducing chronic pain and improving overall health. By addressing the root cause of poor posture, rather than just treating the symptoms, ABC aims to provide long-lasting relief and prevent future problems from developing.
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Signs and Symptoms
Poor posture is the result of musculoskeletal distortion in the neck, and lower and upper back. Most people think of poor posture as simply slumping over, but that is not necessarily the case. Due to the variety of body types, incorrect posture differs from person to person. One person’s proper posture can be incorrect posture for someone else and vice versa. Nevertheless, there are ways to determine poor posture. Some of the classic signs of poor posture include having a pot belly, rounded shoulders, and a jutted out neck and chin. Pot bellies result when the lower back experiences an exaggerated curve, thus pushing the internal organs, in the abdominal region of the body, toward the anterior of the body. Rounded shoulders and postural neck problems result from the excessive anterior curve of the cervical and thoracic spine.
Here at Duncraig Chiropractic we prefer to address poor posture with combined approach including 3 steps
- Adjusting the spine – not all alignments of the spine are able to stay perfect throughout your lifetime. It’s our job to correct those ones for you
- Exercise – movement is important for muscle tone and your general health and can significantly help your posture
- Ergonomic guidelines – advice on what to avoid and how to sit, sleep and stand is huge for keeping your posture strong. We are here to guide you through with our specific guidelines covered in our free workshop
If you are concerned about your posture or the posture of your children please give us a call and one of our experienced chiropractors will be more than happy to do an assessment.