Posture – The Picture of Health

by Dr. Goeddeke on January 21, 2012

in About,Introduction,Services

 

We all brush and floss our teeth daily to maintain the our teeth, so why not do something every day to take care of your spine?

posture - the picture of health

Look at the picture, there are three postures shown here. Your Kennesaw chiropractor evaluates your posture to determine the health of your spine. You are able to observe your own posture and that of your loved ones too.

Let’s analyze them from the bottom up. On the left, we see that the pelvis is tipped backward, flattening the back. On the right, the pelvis is tipped forward, creating a deeper curve in the back and rounding the shoulders. Note how both postures bring the head forward. In the middle picture, the pelvis is in a nice neutral position, and a line can be drawn that hits the ear, the shoulder and the center of the pelvis.

The effects of habitual poor posture are devastating!

Our spine works best when it is in a neutral, relaxed, and upright posture. Poor posture puts our spine under continual stress, which can quickly cause wear and tear on our bones and joints, causing back pain and disc problems. Your Kennesaw chiropractor encourages good posture for the family.

Practice good posture in front of a mirror once per day. See how it looks and feels to relax your head and shoulders back a little. That is the posture of a relaxed, confident person.

One of the most vital “nutrients” we can give our spine is motion, so make an effort to put a little motion in your spine every day! When you wake up, and throughout the day, take some time to move and stretch. Bend forward, back, and to the sides. Many of the jobs we do involve sitting at computers or desks all day, with our arms, shoulders, and head hunched over. Over time this posture will manifest as neck pain, headaches, and spinal degeneration if we don’t take time throughout the day to take care of our spines.

While there is a lot that we can do to maintain our spine on a daily basis, we can still get stuck in misalignment. That’s why in addition to keeping good posture and giving our spines as much motion as we can, a key part of keeping our spines healthy is regular chiropractic maintenance!

 

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