Chiropractors are working to make people appreciate the importance of scheduling regular postural screenings, which are designed to detect spinal alignment issues that can negatively impact your health and create pain or present in other symptoms.
A chiropractic evaluation of posture, balance, and gait can help identify a range of ailments such as scoliosis in children to degenerative joint diseases in seniors. The sooner your practitioner isolates the issue, the more easily and effectively they can treat it. Most chiropractors consider postural screenings an integral part of any thoughtful preventative wellness plan.
Poor posture can have various causes including an underlying musculoskeletal issue, a lack of proper workplace ergonomics, or a lack of physical conditioning. In certain cases, there is a congenital condition like scoliosis that can cause the spine to curve in an unnatural way. Identifying scoliosis early can significantly slow the progression of the curvature and reduce the need for the patient to undergo more invasive and extensive corrections later in life. The reason regular evaluations are important is to your practitioner can perform minor spinal techniques to correct misalignments that may be present from birth or develop at any point later in life.
Without proper posture the body can become off-balance, which in turn can lead to injuries. Likewise, spending hours every day in a typical office chair or at an improperly positioned desk could result in chronic hunching. That habit can carry over to standing and can exacerbate a pre-existing spinal misalignment or a tendency for lower back pain. Bad posture can also be an underlying factor for chronic headaches and numbness caused by pinched nerves.
During postural screenings, the practitioner looks for stress points and irregularities that are either causing current symptoms or may cause problems in the future. One of the first indicators of poor posture is slouching or forward head posture. This posture pinches off lymphatic drainage in the neck and also increases pressure on the discs and can lead to arthritis in the neck.
One of the first indicators of poor posture is a slouching or forward head posture. This posture closes down on lymphatic drainage in the neck and will cause more strain on the posterior neck muscles. It also increases the weight bearing on the discs and can lead to premature arthritis of the neck. Posture problems can also result simply from poor sleep habits or sleeping on mattresses that don’t offer enough support.
Once identified, then chiropractic treatments can be determined, including exercises, adjustments, massage therapy, and lifestyle adjustments such as nutrition and preventative wellness.
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