A lot can be said about a person based on their posture. In fact, it can have a major effect on how you look and feel. Research shows your posture conveys a lot of information to the world around you about your mental and emotional state. But that’s not all… Posture can also be a window into your overall health. The American Journal of Pain Management has said “To live a long, active, energetic life, few things matter more than good posture.”
The first x-ray above, on the left, is an example of what many doctors would identify as healthy – almost perfect.
The second x-ray, on the right, is an example of very poor posture. What do you suppose this patient is suffering from? The answer… Parkinson’s Disease, constipation, incontinence, low back and pelvic pain, headaches, extreme stiffness of the neck muscles, insomnia, foggy memory, and kidney trouble.
So, what’s the connection? The spinal cord itself is intended to fit loosely within neural canal of the spine. It should never be stressed or agitated. In the left picture, the spinal cord is relaxed with adequate slack. However, when the cervical spine comes forward, as seen in the second photo, the spinal cord becomes stretched. This can impact the function of the entire nervous system, and all of the organs and tissues it controls. Nobel-prize winner Roger Sperry, Ph.D., advocated this concept when he said, “The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for healing, metabolism, and thought.”
It’s so important for people to have a chiropractor and receive regular checkups. Just like you go to the dentist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, it’s very important to visit your chiropractor to make sure your spine and nervous system are healthy as well.
Posture is powerful!