Posture Pro

Chiropractors use posture as an indicator for both spinal and neurological health. The posture is a great way to determine the presence of any unusual stressors on the muscles, ligaments or joints. Poor posture can shift the Centre of Mass and Centre of Gravity forcing the spine to bear a greater load, causing not only structural and functional changes to the spine and internal body systems, but in some instances, cause neck and back pain, which may not display as obvious symptoms1. If left untreated, poor posture can lead to immobility and degeneration of the spine and joints1.

Research shows that the function of your spine actually impacts the way the brain works i.e. the spine can influence the way your brain perceives what is going on in the body. Chiropractic care restores the health and function of your spine thereby improving the communication between your brain, your body and the environment. If your brain can accurately perceive what is going on, it can control it better.

Chiropractic care can improve your brains ability to know where your arm or foot is when you close your eyes2,3. It can alter brain processing of sensory information from the arms4,5, it can change how the brain integrates sensory information4,6,7 and it can change the way your brain sends specific messages to your muscles6,8,9. We also know it can improve lower limb strength and prevent your muscles from getting tired during strong contractions10,11.

If your spine is not moving properly it makes it harder for your brain to accurately perceive what is going on in your body. This impacts how you control movements. You may notice this as clumsiness, which can also lead to accidents, injuries and the the development of painful conditions.

Your first visit at Chiro Adelaide will include a posture assessment with the latest technology, called “Posture Pro”. It is a quick and simple assessment, providing visual representation of your postural health. The system will generate a full colour report including a Posture Number where you can see the changes your Chiropractor is working on or towards. The Posture Number is a representation of the effects of gravity upon the body. A Posture Number of zero indicates that the body is in neutral alignment and the pull of gravity is evenly distributed throughout the body. As Posture Number increases so does the impact of gravity upon the body.

After receiving Chiropractic care, periodic reviews of your posture will be performed to monitor the progress of your Chiropractic adjustments over time. Posture can improve quickly and progressively, providing both considerable short and long-term outcomes to both your posture and spinal health.

Click here to book your postural health assessment with one of our Chiropractors today.

References

  1. Mind & Body Chiropractic The Gold Coast Chiropractor. Want to get your Posture Number? [Internet]; 2015 Sept 15 [cited 2021 June 22]. Available from: mindandbodychiro.com.au/free-posture-assessment/
  2. Haavik and Murphy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2011; 34: 88-97
  3. Holt. PhD Thesis. Auckland, New Zealand: Department of Population Health, University of Auckland; 2013.
  4. Haavik and Murphy. Clinical Neurophysiology 2007; 118: 391-402
  5. Kelly, Murphy and Backhouse. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000;23: 246-251.
  6. Haavik Taylor and Murphy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2008: 31: 115-126
  7. Haavik, Taylor and Murphy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010; 33: 178-188
  8. Enebo. Chiropractic Journal Australia 2003; 33: 93-97
  9. Marshall and Murphy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2006; 29: 196-202
  10. Hillerman, Gomes, Korporaal and Jackson. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2006; 29: 145-149
  11. Niazi, Turker, Flavel, Kinget, Duehr and HAavik. Experimental Brain Research 2015; 233: 1165-1173

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