Do you have poor posture?
Computer work, texting, carrying a backpack or purse on one shoulder or activities that stress one side of the body and not the other (such as golf) could all contribute to developing poor posture. Intentionally or unintentionally repeating these habits can lead to long-term postural changes.
The most common effect of poor posture is muscle pain and stiffness. When you slouch, the body has to work harder to keep you stable and your joints protected. This can cause lasting pain and tightness, particularly in neck and low back musculature.
If you are not sure if you have a misalignment in your spine, an effective way to assess your own posture is to look at yourself in the mirror, or at an old picture. Generally speaking, if one of your shoulders is higher than the other, it is safe to say that you may have a tilt (or lateral bend) in your spine.
How can a tilt in your spine affect your back or neck?
Think of it this way… if one of the wheels in your car is out of balance and you keep driving, that imbalanced wheel will “wear out” faster than it should. This same principle holds true with your body when you are out of alignment. It is well documented in research that an imbalanced spine can lead to premature aging of the spinal joints; bones, discs and nerves. The best way to determine if your spine is properly aligned, or not, is through an x-ray analysis, which we can perform in our office.
The good thing is, spinal misalignments can be corrected! Through chiropractic treatment and a series of exercises that retrain postural reflexes, doctors and staff will help you get back to good posture.
We would appreciate the opportunity to educate you further on the health and function of your spine and nervous system. Give us a call to set up an examination with a Backfit doctor.
*Results and effectiveness varies from patient to patient