26 Oct Chiropractor Aids With Posture Correction
Posture is the position you hold your body in the space. When you have correct posture, the positioning of your joints provides minimum stress to the body’s joints, whereas poor posture will cause an increased stress on your joints. This can cause joint degermation to happen faster, pain, deformity, loss of function and an overall reduction in health. A chiropractor can help you with posture correction.
Correcting Poor Posture
Posture involves the kinetic chain link concept relating to body mechanics. If there is a problem anywhere along the chain problems can occur above/below this point. For example, if you have a painful ankle it can create knee problems for you or a shoulder that’s restricted can create a neck problem. In addition to you affecting you musculoskeletal system, poor posture can involve digestive systems, circulatory systems, and respiratory systems. Good posture isn’t something you inherit. It is learned through practice.
What Causes Poor Posture?
• Excess weight
• General weakness
• Loss of the ability to recognize the position of your body
• Muscle imbalance
• Muscle spasm
• Degenerative processes
• Pain leading to muscle guarding
• Poor postural habits—incorrect sitting, sleeping, reading, standing
• Psychological factors like self-esteem
• Respiratory conditions
Correct Postural Faults
The chiropractor will do a full examination, which includes the following:
• Flexibility tests
• Joint mobility tests
• Measurement of the deviation from ideally erect postures that uses plumb lines, inclinometry & posture guides
• Limb length
• Girth measurements
• Muscle length
• Strength tests
• Observation as you sit and move around
• Spinal alignment
Conventional Therapies to Correct Poor Posture
There are five main modalities used in conventional treatment of faulty body mechanics, which cause postural faults:
• Strengthening exercises
• Supportive measures treating bones, nerves, and ligaments
Before the antagonist, muscles can be exercises optimally to strengthen them the shortened agonist muscles need to be stretched first, and vice-versa. Your chiropractor will determine the necessary manipulation that you need to release any fixation. Manipulation is definitely a therapy that may be used for posture correction.
Your chiropractor will maneuver you into various positions while examining the functioning o your joints, muscles, and spinal column. Locked or stiff joints will be treated over time but are not usually treated initially. Your chiropractor will use precise techniques that are very controlled – these are called adjustments.
You may hear an audible click in the joint when it is adjusted. This is painless and is just the collapse of a tiny gas bubble that is caused by the change in the pressure when your joint is stretched suddenly. It sounds awful but it will not hurt.
Is a Chiropractor Right for You?
Chiropractic treatment and osteopathy can be confused because both of these treatments involve body manipulation. Chiropractic is more mechanistic in the approach emphasizing the spine as the major support structure. Osteopath use a more holistic approach exploring one’s lifestyle, mental health, emotional health, and habits to find the reason for the musculo skeletal problems.
Chiropractic treatment is very popular because it is so effective. Call your chiropractor today for help improving your posture.