This is a time of year when people can struggle with a heavy chest/lungs and shortness of breath. And often times they chalk it up to allergies or poor air quality.
Or they may have been led to believe this by their family doc.
Now, you may want to reconsider this after I tell you what I am about to tell you.
If you have a condition called Forward Head Posture (FHP), and according to the American Posture Institute up to 90% of adults and 34% of school-aged children have this condition, it can decrease your lung capacity by up to 30%.
Compare taking in a deep breath yourself when standing with a slouched posture and then standing with an erect and open posture (head back, shoulders back, chest out, chin up).
The significant difference that you notice is exactly how FHP can decrease your lung capacity.
And this isn’t good because we all need oxygen. You can also see how easy it would be to misdiagnose or at least partially misdiagnose you as having allergies or possibly another respiratory disorder such as asthma or emphysema.
Another reason why I wanted to talk about this is if you or your child is using a puffer on a regular basis, you need to know about the possible side-effects.
Here they are; thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth), hoarseness of the voice, weakness, acne, weight gain, mood/behaviour changes, upset stomach, bone loss, eye changes and stunted growth.
Puffers are also very harsh on the lining of the lungs. So if this concerns you, a posture check is highly indicated.
And remember too, we talked about this in much detail over the past few months, that posture distortions in your spine can significantly impair the function of your immune system and predispose you to things such as seasonal allergies.
If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Consultations in our office are always free of charge.
This also includes a free posture check which we offer as a community service. Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home
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