Many people don’t realize the importance of good posture as it relates to health and wellness. As a chiropractor, I’ve had the opportunity to see firsthand the devastating effects of poor posture. What many people don’t realize is that the body is a kinetic chain. What that means is that something that happens in the one part of the body is going to have an effect in other areas of the body. For instance, someone with low back pain will often times have an issue in the neck as well and, interestingly, many times not realize it.
Poor posture usually starts with the head. Due to the nature of our society we are constantly looking down at our cell phones or tablets and then spending hours on end at our desks hunched forward and then we go home and slouch on a couch. These stresses wreak havoc on our spines which leads many people to have a forward head posture. When looking at someone from side view we should be able to see that the ears are nicely aligned over the shoulder. If it’s not then that person is suffering the effects of poor posture. With forward head posture we start to see loss of mobility in the shoulders, decreased lung volume, decreased energy, fatigue, muscle pain/stiffness and headaches. More interestingly, however, is the fact that we are also putting a lot more strain on the nervous system as a forward head posture will actually stretch the spinal cord. This stretch causes the nervous system to have decreased capacity for function and as a result will cause a myriad of issues through the body. The nervous system is how the brain communicates with the rest of the body and if there’s stress in that communication then we can start to see issues with immune function, digestion, concentration, menstrual issues, colic, bedwetting, fibromyalgia, etc. Posture is the window to the spine. As a chiropractor I take a careful look at posture and analyze it to understand the state the body is in. We know through research and clinical experience that the work that we do at Kramp Chiropractic improves posture dramatically. We have many testimonials of patients who have had their posture improved and as a result having increased health and vitality. Read this persons success story:
“ I originally came to Dr. Kramp because of the headaches that I was experiencing on a regular basis. I would have a headache almost every day and they would get so bad that it seemed that there wasn’t enough advil in the world to help alleviate the pain. During the exam he started asking questions about menstrual pain and heartburn. At the time I didn’t think it was related so I told him that I didn’t have any issues (but both heartburn and menstrual pain was really bad). When he went over the results of the exam he told me about several areas that were needing work. He showed me how bad my posture really was and showed me my xrays that showed that my spine was not looking the way it was suppose to. I started care with Dr. Kramp right away and at first the results were modest. The headaches weren’t as severe but they were still there. After about a month of care is when I really started to notice the change. My headaches diminished greatly and when I had my next cycle I noticed that my menstrual pain was much less than normal. It then made me think about my regular heartburn and I realized that I hadn’t even had any that week. Fast forward to now 6 months later and I’m a new woman. I no longer have headaches, my menstrual pain is minimal (if any at all) and I can’t remember the last time I had heartburn. My life today is vastly different because of chiropractic. Thank you Dr. Kramp!”- Susan D.