Your posture is an outward representation of how your spine is built. Research into what makes a body healthy has demonstrated that normal posture is essential for your body to function optimally. The majority of the afflictions which plague mankind have as their root, abnormal structure. That little ditty we all learned as children “the foot bone is connected to the leg bone is connected to the thigh bone, is connected to the pelvic bone…” is ever so true. By making certain your posture is as good as possible, you ultimately enable your body to be as healthy as possible, and even avoid many if not all of the problems associated with an aging spine.
“Posture and normal physiology and function are interrelated. Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic pain-related conditions including backache, headache, and stress-related illnesses.” AJPM 1994; 4:36-39.
In this article from the January 1994 issue of the American Journal of Pain Management, the authors state that most physicians do not address the significant influence of posture on health. I would add that unfortunately, postural correction is not part of main stream chiropractic practice as yet either. However, as the authors go on to state, “posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influences by posture.”
Obviously, the proper assessment, analysis, and if possible, correction of abnormal posture is an extremely important component of modern health care. Brannan Street Chiropractic specializes in the analysis and correction of abnormal postures with the use of Clinical Biomechanics of Posture (CBP). CBP is a relatively new, state of the art chiropractic technique that incorporates many of the benefits of traditional chiropractic manipulation with a targeted rehabilitative strategy specifically designed to make predictable, measurable changes in your spinal position. The CBP approach has been tested both clinically and experimentally with over 100 peer reviewed research papers published in the indexed medical and chiropractic literature.