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How Poor Posture Affects Health

Our spines, when viewed from the side, should maintain a normal ‘S’ curve shape. This includes an arched neck, a curved upper back, and a similar arch in the lower back. Scientifically, this neck arch is known as the cervical curve. A healthy spine with this curve functions as a spring shock absorber, facilitating free movement in all ranges. It also safeguards the nerves, arteries, and veins that connect our body to the brain. Specifically, the cervical curve protects our neck bones, joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerves from damage, ensuring their longevity and optimal function.

Normal spine structure graphicWhen the natural curves of your spine are compromised, such as the loss of the cervical curve, your neck can age prematurely and suffer from damage and decay. This condition places abnormal stress on your tissues, leading to degeneration. The result is a weaker neck, more susceptible to pain, limited range of motion and episodes of “I slept wrong on my neck” discomfort that can take days to weeks to recover from. If left unaddressed, this can escalate to more frequent and severe episodes, potentially leading to irreversible damage. Seeking chiropractic care can help prevent these issues and restore your spinal health.

However, the dysfunction in your body goes much deeper than a lack of range of motion or pain. Loss of your cervical curve can actually obstruct the normal flow of nerve communication to your organs and blood flow to your brain! This study from 2019 shows how a reversed cervical curve, a shift from the normal shape of your neck, results in hemodynamics (reduced blood flow to your brain) and how restoring your curve through chiropractic care enables normal blood flow to your brain. When your brain doesn’t receive blood flow, it can’t function normally, leading to impaired cognitive function and brain damage. Similarly, the nerve communication from your brain to your organs is also impaired.

How does one lose the normal shape of their cervical curve? Stress!

Physical stress in our daily lives impacts the shape of our cervical curve. Typically, the first thing that comes to mind is sudden traumas such as falling, a car crash, or whiplash. However, in our modern lives, repetitive micro-traumas are just as if not more detrimental. In this category are daily activities, like sitting with poor ergonomics, working on the computer, driving, and, very recently, looking at our phones and iPads. While sudden trauma is noticeable, repetitive stress, like phone use, is slow, progressive, and may go unnoticed until severe damage has been done. We only feel 10% of our body. This means that by the time we feel something like a “crick” in our neck, the damage has already been occurring.

How device use affects your spine

In today’s world, young children are using phones and iPads extensively, which can affect the development of their cervical spine and limit blood flow to their brain and nerve communication to their organs. This can lead to more frequent illnesses, learning difficulties in school, and increased susceptibility to injuries during play or sports. Has your family been checked for Neuro-Structural shifts?

Fortunately, there is a solution. At Platinum Chiropractic, we focus in Neuro-Structural Correction. This comprehensive approach involves a thorough examination of the spine’s structure and neurological function. By identifying and addressing any issues, we can help restore your spinal and nerve function to its optimal state, preventing future damage and promoting overall health and wellness.

Poor Posture Affects Health