Dr Brad Ivanchuk here and I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line.I am also a Certified Posture Expert and Postural Neurologist with the American Posture Institute.
Today you are going to learn about the 2 components to a healthy posture system
; orientation and stabilization.
Orientation is how your body aligns itself or postures itself in response to sensory input.
Three examples of sensory input are what you see
, what you hea
r and what you feel.
And here are some examples of what can happen ….If you are not using your reading glasses and are squinting and sticking your head and neck out so you can see what you need to read,you are creating a forward head posture.
If you cannot hear out of your right ear as well as the left, you will tend to turn your right ear towards the source. This will resultin head rotation.
If you have a pinched nerve in your neck, and your neck is tilted over towards your shoulder, this is a torticollis.
Forward head posture, head rotation, head tilt (torticollis) – these are all different types of posture distortions in Posture Quadrant 1.Stabilization – this is the process of stiffening one part of your body to allow for a free and full range of motion of another part of yourbody.
Example … if you need to reach for something on the top shelf, you need to stiffen your core and your legs to allow your arms to move freely.
If you have a posture distortion in your lower back (Posture Quadrant 3) and you have lower back pain and a weak core (you cannot have one without the other), you would never be able to stabilize yourself to perform this task.
Good posture therefore is absolutely critical for you to orient yourself properly and stabilize yourself properly during any activity that you do …. sitting, standing, walking, running, lifting, lying, golfing, cleaning the house – it doesn’t matter.
More on posture next time, but if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have,give us a call.
Remember consults are always free of charge and these include a detailed posture scan.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433).Remember that good posture is by design and not by circumstance.??