Posture is a critical indicator of the alignment of your spine and your overall health.
Here is and example of Ideal Posture:
|Head, shoulders and hips balance from the front||Ear, shoulder and hip in line from the side|
When your spine is in proper alignment, you will have ideal posture. This is a sign of a subluxation free spine and a balanced, healthy nervous system.
Here’s an example of Abnormal Posture:
|Shoulders out of balance, rib-cage shifted to the right from the front||Hunching and forward head shift from the side|
If your posture is off balance, then the spine is off balance, which endangers the nervous system. A detailed posture assessment is a very important aspect of a comprehensive chiropractic spinal checkup.
Forward Head Posture:
Forward Head Posture (FHP) is the most common postural distortion. FHP is seen when your head is shifted forward from your upper body.
|Forward Head Posture||Cervical Subluxation|
Often, a straightening of the cervical spine causes this posture. This is a very common type of subluxation pattern.
This subluxation will create a pulling or tethering effect on the spinal cord and the spinal nerves, leading to many health breakdowns due to the interrupted nerve supply.
Common Symptoms Associated with FHP:
- Headache, migraine
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder stiffness, frozen shoulder
- Numbness and tingling
- Low energy, tiredness and fatigue
- Lowered immune system
- Irritability, increased mental stresses
- Spinal degeneration and arthritis
- No pain or symptoms
What Causes Forward Head Posture?
Stress and trauma are the major causes of forward head posture:
- Difficult delivery; forceps, vacuum extraction, caesarian
- Slips and falls
- Heavy school bag
- Sitting for long hours at school or work
- Sports and physical traumas
- Car accidents
- Mental stress
- Everyday traumas and stresses
Doctors of Chiropractic are the only healthcare providers that specialize in locating and correcting subluxation. Through chiropractic adjustments, home exercise and possibly home traction (and other supportive procedures) we can correct your subluxations, and help you back to the road of healing and recovery.
The first step in determining if chiropractic is right for you, is scheduling a comprehensive, no obligation spinal checkup.