Remember when your mother said “stand up straight!”? She was right. Good posture is essential to health. Your brain expends a lot of energy controlling and coordinating hundreds of muscle groups whenever posture is “sub-optimal.” Less than optimal posture can include a high shoulder, a forward stooping head, a rotated trunk (torso), a hunch back, a high hip, and a side-bent neck. Abnormal posture can result from trauma (like a car accident or fall), repetitive movements (like turning your neck towards your monitor), and certain bad postural habits (like sleeping on your stomach).

Imagine a straight line drawn from between your eyes down to your feet: in order to have good posture, your body mass should be evenly divided on either side of the line when viewed from the front. When viewed from the side, a straight line should be able to pass through your earlobe, your shoulder joint, your hip socket, and your ankle.

Poor posture can lead to several problems: It can accelerate joint wear and tear (osteoarthritis), due to uneven weight distribution. It can make breathing difficult by interfering with proper ribcage expansion. This can result in fatigue and other symptoms. Poor posture, particularly extreme anterior (forward) head carriage can cause your muscles to feel sore along the back of your neck, shoulders and upper back. It can even lead to lower back pain as your spine struggles to counterbalance the forward position of the head.

We can help improve posture with posture-correction chiropractic spinal adjustments and specific, targeted exercises.

Numbness or tingling sensations in the upper or lower extremities can indicate a peripheral neuropathy condition. The nerve roots that branch out from between the neck vertebrae combine and form the major nerves of the arms. The nerve roots in the lower back combine and form the major nerves of the legs. If these nerves, called peripheral nerves are compressed in any way, sensory disturbances can occur. In addition to numbness, such disturbances have been described as “pins and needles,” “prickly” or “tingly” and even “burning” in nature. In most cases, compression occurs at the spine as the nerve root exits. This can come from a bulging disc or a bony, arthritic projection.

In the upper extremity, the compression can also occur at the collar bone area (thoracic outlet syndrome) or in the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome). If allowed to persist, muscular weakness and atrophy (muscle wasting) can follow. If symptoms are present in both arms and both legs (bilaterally), this may indicate spinal cord compression and would require immediate medical attention.

After a thorough orthopedic and neurological evaluation that may include an x-ray study, a diagnosis will be made. If it is determined that the patient can benefit from manual therapy, a treatment plan centered on chiropractic spinal manipulation, extremity manipulation, modalities, and exercises will be designed. The patient may also be referred to an orthopedic doctor or MRI facility for further evaluation

We can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. He or she can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury.

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