Dr Brad Ivanchuk is a Burlington chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre, a family chiropractic facility.
He is also a canfitpro certified Personal Training Specialist and a Certified Posture Expert with the American Posture Institute.
Last time he discussed how chiropractic care can help people who suffer from the lung disease emphysema and today we are going to expound on this.
Remember that one of the primary functions of posture quadrant #2 (your thoracic spine, rib cage, shoulder girdle and arms) is respiration or breathing.
The diaphragm which separates your chest cavity from your abdominal cavity is your true breathing muscle and you should average 10 to 14 breaths or respirations per minute.
Your breathing can be altered by the following … positional changes, emotional state, activity level, diseases (such as emphysema), wearing garments that are too tight and of course postural distortions.
Your most efficient breathing is diaphragmatic breathing where oxygen is drawn into the deepest and widest part of your lungs.
And this can only happen with balanced and erect posture in posture quadrant #2.
Slumped posture with a rounded upper back (humped back) which is the most common posture distortion pattern in quadrant #2, does not allow for full range of motion of your diaphragm.
Therefore your breathing and oxygen uptake will suffer and the rest of your body will become deprived of the vital oxygen that it needs to function and survive.
Slumped posture is now evident in children due to the ongoing stresses of modern technology.
But the lesson we need to learn here is from our elders.
Even the slightest humped back is associated with an increased risk of falls in the elderly population.
Elderly people with a humped back are also three and a half times more likely to end up in a nursing home compared to those with good posture and the most severe consequence of slumped posture or a humped back is higher mortality rates due to the increased prevalence of atherosclerosis or heart disease.
This is why it is absolutely critical that postural distortions are corrected immediately in posture quadrant #2 as soon as they are identified.
And as a chiropractor and posture expert, this is where I can help you.
All you need to do is call our office to make an appointment for your free initial consultation and posture check.
Remember too that we also offer family appointments where we can check your whole family at the same time and the reason for this is that spinal problems do tend to run in families.
Our phone number here is Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me by clicking directly on the link found on our home page.
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