There are lots of discussions out there right now about the posture of phones, computers and electronics. And let’s face it you’d be right in considering it all boring and ‘ho hum’, especially if you look at them in the traditional light. But there may just be a whole lot more to the equation than anyone imagined.
Look below for the critical things to check in your phase of life so that you can live better, faster and stronger!
Was Your Granny a Genius?
Remember the old days of being told to sit up straight at the dinner table, playing a musical instrument or perhaps even in the classroom? My Granny used to be pretty keen on this- just ask my poor derriere. In the main those days have gone, but the logic behind them is now stronger than ever. The research on posture and health has leapt ahead recently with a focus on how it impacts the messages that change brain function in all sorts of ways.
Have a look at the chart below and you’ll see what I mean. This is just the tip of the iceberg for some of the impacts your family’s posture can have on their life, happiness and success. Start at the green box on the left that says Joint, Muscle, Body Balance.
The 3 green boxes are what Chiropractic care targets, but you can create positive inputs into your life by practice and repetition, both of which install habits that positively boost your position and location in space. You can see how important posture is on many of the things that we all struggle with on a day to day basis.
Your brain is literally programmed to experience different emotions based on your posture. You think different things about others based on their posture. The best part is you can influence these things by practicing the way you sit, stand and hold your body. Initially it may feel a bit strange or even forced, but hang in there and reap the benefits.
For the Mums and Dads out there… posture is a learned pattern as much as it is an innate process. If your norm is hunched over and head forward what do you think junior will perceive as “normal”? It runs in families in a similar way to dietary habits. We seem to be happy to blame our health on bad germs, bad genes or bad luck, when bad habits are probably the most important factor. So set yourself and your kids up for a better future-shoulders back, head up, smile and away we go.
Posture through the ages….The key stages and risks for posture changes
If you find that being upright in your posture is hard work then it strongly suggests that something is not working well. That something is almost certainly your spine. Normal posture should not be hard work it should be, well, normal! You may need your brain patterns of ‘normal’ reset to a better place especially if you have had years of poor posture or outside forces negatively influencing your posture. Even when you are not experiencing pain there can be changes in spinal function that upset your body’s ability to position itself in space.
That’s where the Chiropractor comes in. Few people realise that when you receive a Chiropractic adjustment (correction) not only does your spinal, nervous system and muscle function improve, but your brain is re-programmed to a new normal. Over time, with corrections to your “normal” your body becomes more balanced, upright and spinal shapes can even change.
So make the effort to create an environment that enhances your posture at home as well as work. Get your spine checked as a matter of course-don’t wait until there is a major crisis at hand.
Dr. Andrew Iggo is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Working from state of the art premises in Fairlight, his focus is on providing not only relief from pain, but correction of function and the provision of wellness care for families and individuals. With a young family of his own comes a natural inclination toward the care of kids and Mums-to-be. A strong sports and dance background also give him a unique perspective on performance enhancement and injury recovery. We are sure you’ll be in great hands.