It really is all about the posture. The most important thing in maintaining a spine is the posture of that person. The image below does a fabulous job showing the posture impact on the spine. Simple but to the point. You think posture is just a representation of your muscular position? It is a window into your spine, which is a window into your health.
Every single thing you depend on for life… enjoyment, function… it is all based on a nervous system that is in harmony. Working the way it is intended. Chiropractic is the most noble profession in the healthcare world (sure I am totally biased, but whatever)… BECAUSE… I repeat, this is because our profession protects the essence of where it all comes from. God poured more into the human nervous system (particularly the brain), than He did into anything else on this planet.
The hollow back, the slumping posture and the rounded shoulders all create degenerative changes in the thoracic and lumbar spine. In addition, had the forward head carriage been drawn correctly, the postures of every single example above besides good posture, would demonstrate a loss of cervical curve and associated degenerative changes.
Hollow Back, slumping posture, rounded shoulders all toss the head forward, putting the weight of the head in front of the cervical spine, causing anterior (front) bony degeneration in the form of lipping and spurring, and concomitant posterior (back) bony degenerative changes bring risk to the spinal cord and associated nerves of the neck. I call it early death.
Flat pelvis and military posture tend to lead to straight necks, but in good posture. The damage in this situation is due to axial compression. Direct pounding of the head weight down through the cervical spine with no place to disperse it. This leads to significant damage to the discs and bones of the c-spine, causing equal anterior and posterior degenerative changes, in a short time.
This is what we safeguard. I HATE how many people come into my office, with little hope of correction. I wish we could correct everyone. I hate how many people don’t get care in our office because they are too busy. Put your health first. Yoga won’t fix the curve, but it will potentially stop you from losing it in the first place. Good posture at a young age, and carried on throughout life, makes a visit to my office all about checking the spine, and not about adjusting it.
Be smart and be well, it will carry on for years to come.
Be blessed and be well – Dr. E