Posture is the window to your spine
Good posture is often something that many people pay lip-service to. We all know that it proper posture is important, but not many of us do much to try to improve it. Good posture is about much more than just looking good. Your posture is a reflection of what your musculoskeletal system is doing on the inside.
Poor posture and spinal alignment will cause an increase on the amount of stress on your joints, ligaments and muscles. This increased stress makes those structures more susceptible to wear and tear – and wear and tear in the joints and ligaments is what we all know as osteoarthritis.
Chiropractors are trained experts at assessing your posture, and determining where the weak link in the chain may be. Once established, corrective adjustments and exercises can set you back on the path to good posture.
In some cases, long term postural changes have had the chance to “set-in” over many years, and may require more extensive treatment approaches to correct. When this is the case, our chiropractors are trained to help you with our Corrective Care Program – a specialised program of traction, exercises, and adjustments designed specifically to make gradual changes to long-established poor postural patterns.
Why Should You Care About Your Spine?
Your spine is, quite literally, the backbone of your body’s ability to move, sleep and function properly. To be very precise, your spine is responsible for all the movements of body. So, it is vital to take care of your cervical (upper), thoracic (mid) and lumbar (lower) spine and it should be of utmost importance for adults, children, workers, weekend warriors and everyone in between.
There are three basic functions of Spine:
- Defending the spinal cord, connected neve roots and other internal organs,
- Offering structural support and
- Permitting flexible motion.
The spine is responsible for sensation. Sensory data such as cold, warm, pressure, touch, pain and other sensations in the muscles, joints, skin and internal organs, all occur in the spine. An impaired spinal cord can affect these neural responses, restricting sensations in certain parts of the body.
When a spine is healthy, it becomes way easier to perform everyday tasks and movements such as sitting up with straight posture, bending over to pick up objects, walking and turning your neck.
With your spine being properly aligned, your nervous system, immune system, respiratory system and digestive system function remarkably. Numerous ailments such as sciatica, neck and back pain, frozen shoulder, and headaches have been treated successfully with Chiropractic adjustments. For these reasons, keeping your spine in proper alignment using proper posture correction treatment is important for supporting your overall health and wellness.
However, when the spine is injured you can expect to have limited mobility; and the inability to move normally, without pain, which can be a blow to your quality of life. Therefore, it is vital to care about your spine health and to acknowledge its role in the overall well-being of your body.
What is posture?
Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Body posture is related to numerous factors on which your health and well-being depend. There are many external causes that results in a bad posture, but also the characteristics of each person and their personality can cause them to take a bad posture habit. Posture also depends on physiological and educational aspects. Altogether, we can say that correct spinal posture is an aspect of our health that can be learned and modified through posture correction treatment in our Diamond Creek and Whittlesea centres.
There are many benefits that a good posture can provide us, both in terms of health and beauty. If you are able to stay upright and with a straight back, you can avoid problems of the spine and the muscular tension associated with it.
The correct posture is a symmetrical and proportional formation of the body to be linked to the axis of gravity. It is achieved by keeping the head straight as if you were maintaining balance. The pelvis has to be in a neutral position and the legs will be aligned so that the weight of our own body is adequately compensated.
Why is correct posture important?
Correct posture ensures that little strain is put on supporting muscles and ligaments when we stand, walk, sit, lie and perform other weight-bearing activities.
Benefits of Correct posture:
- Correct posture keeps the bones and joints in proper alignment so that our muscles function appropriately, reducing the unusual wearing of joint surfaces resulting in degenerative arthritis and frequent joint pain
- It diminishes the pressure on the ligaments by keeping the spinal joints together, thus, reducing the risks of injury.
- It lets muscles perform more efficiently, permitting the body to consume less energy and avoiding muscle fatigue.
- It also averts muscle stress, overuse conditions and even back and muscular pain.
Adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, and efficient postural muscles balanced on both sides of the spine are required to maintain correct posture and the posture correction treatment helps in acquiring that goal.
Optimal spinal curves are responsible for accurate posture while standing and sitting. Ideal spinal curves can stop the beginning of any spinal degenerative disorders while helping to develop better balance, muscle strength and stability and range of motion. Hence, any change in the normal curve can lead to future issues and chronic back conditions.
Therefore, for effective spinal health care that continues at home, Synon Chiropractic at both our Diamond Creek and Whittlesea centres, utilize Denneroll Spinal Orthotics in posture correction treatment that provides an effective stretch to your muscles and your spine. Used consistently in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, these simple products can change your spine towards better health.
Loss of your healthy spinal curves is one of the earliest contributors to poor function and possible irreversible spinal damage. The Denneroll products used for posture correction treatment at our Diamond Creek and Whittlesea centres create an elasticity which can improve movement, relieve muscle stress, and help in the rectification of poor spinal curves.
The efficiency of the Denneroll system lets you target areas throughout the whole spine which in turn allows you to target areas where you need it most!
There are three separate models each designed to individually target your CERVICAL (neck), THORACIC (mid-back) or LUMBAR (lower) Spines.
The combined efficiency and comfort of the Denneroll products are second to none in spinal orthotics. Denneroll can be easily carried and used at home, office, or any place where there is level ground to continue a stretching session of 1 – 20 minutes.
So, the bottom line is that a properly functioning nervous system in addition to correct spinal posture is vitally important for maintaining your overall health and wellness.