When a chiropractor analyses your spine he is looking at
two major areas of concern: one is the function of your spine, how it works, moves etc.
The other equally important area of concern is the structure or posture of your spine.
When the body is positioned correctly there is minimal
strain on the muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints, your internal organs are not
compressed, blood vessels are not pressed, nerves are not irritated. This allows your body
to function at it's best. This balanced position causes the least strain on your spine and
it's supporting muscles and ligaments. For example if your head is just 2 cm forward of
this balanced position it increases the strain on your shoulder and neck muscles 10 times.
Increasing the stress and strain on your spine in this way
can contribute significantly to a number of painful or limiting dysfunctions in your
spine. These include arthritis and degenerative changes, disc injuries, nerve irritation
and muscle and ligament injury.
To Check Your Posture Try This
- Have the adult or child to be tested standing on a hard flat
surface. Have them close their eyes and 'march on the spot' for 2 or 3 steps then stop.
- With their eyes still closed, have them nod their head 2 or
3 times, as if they were looking at the floor and then the ceiling, stopping when they
- With their eyes still closed, examine their posture. From
the front all 9 test points should line up.
- Still with their eyes closed, test their posture from the
side. There are 4 points which should line up.
Chiropractors have known for years that the key to successful treatment of
poor posture due to spinal dysfunction is early detection. For that reason, your
chiropractor will encourage your entire family to have their posture checked, especially
the children. The earlier the spinal distortions are detected, the better are the chances
of correcting the problem.