Hello all. Dr Brad Ivanchuk here.
I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line in the Beacon Hill Plaza.
I am also a Certified Posture Expert and Postural Neurologist with the American Posture Institute. And a canfitpro certified Personal Training Specialist, Active Aging Coach and a Children’s Fitness Coach.
Today we are going to continue our discussion on how you can retire
in good health.
We started this last time by discussing a case history of a patient who had been going for chiropractic care for many years, but there was never any real attention to posture and he would go on a pain-relief basis only.
And when he and I sat down to review his posture scan and his xrays, he was in utter shock.
Here is the takeaway you need to be crystal clear about regarding this case history.
First of all, you need to remember that only 10% of your nerve tissue is pain-sensitive. This means that 9 times out of 10, you can have a spinal misalignment, posture distortion, joint irritation and nerve irritation and you will not feel any symptoms.
This is the most dangerous thing about spinal misalignments that have been left undetected and uncorrected. You can have them without realizing you have them.
The second takeaway about spinal misalignments left undetected and uncorrected is that they will cause ongoing postural collapse. And as your posture system continues to collapse, this will cause spinal degenerative arthritis to develop in your spine.
Spinal degenerative arthritis will cause further irritation on your spinal joints and your spinal nerves.
So, how does your brain respond to all this irritation happening in your posture system?
It signals the release of stress hormones into your body.
Cortisol, adrenaline and something called L-Dopa.
These are very beneficial in tiny amounts on an as-needed basis but when they continually flood your body, they will impair your immune system function, cause inflammation throughout your body, counteract your insulin which will lead to weight gain and pre-dispose you to Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, even cancer and behavioral disorders.
This is what is going to shorten your lifespan and your health-span both! Your lifespan is how long you will live. Your health-span is how long you will live in good health.
So the key to living healthy well into your retirement years – yes exercise is important and food choices are important – is to maintain as best as you can a properly aligned, open, upright and healthy posture system.