“Sit up straight!” “Stop slouching!” “Look at your sloppy posture!” “You’re going to grow up with a hunched back”….
How many times have you heard these comments from parents or family members and how many times have you listened? The more I look around, the more I see this growing epidemic of poor posture.
So what has brought on this change of postural pathology? In order to understand these question’s we need to look at our lifestyle. What has caused us to develop these incredibly bad posture habits?
Over the last 50 years we have become more sedentary. We have gone from being creatures of physical leisure to people who now prefer a sedentary lifestyle. We are spending more time sitting and working on our computers, our phones and looking at our television screens.
We are beginning to develop what I call the “Couch Potato Posture.”
What is The Couch Potato Posture?
When we have the The Couch Potato Posture we have:
A weakening of the postural muscles designed to keep us upright.
An increase in forward head slump causing an increase in shallow breathing resulting in less oxygen getting into our bodies.
An increase in joints stiffness and pain making us more prone to degenerative change and injury.
An increase in the occurrence of chronic and frequent headaches, lower back pain and muscle fatigue.
So what is the solution to tackling Couch Potato Posture?
The answer is very simple: sit and stand up straight! It always amuses me that when we are asked to sit or stand up straight, 98% of us do it instinctively and correctly. We just have either bad habits, are too lazy, or too sore to maintain it for a prolonged period of time.
How can chiropractic care benefit and help those that suffer from the Couch Potato Posture?
Firstly the patient undergoes an extensive posture assessment. This involves evaluating the patient both in a standing and sitting position. The patient’s posture is evaluated both from the front and the side.
Body markers such as ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle heights are compared as well as are the curves of the spine. A report is then presented to the patient.
This is followed by recommendations that will alter, improve and maximise the patient’s correct posture.
Changing your posture is not as simple as you think. It takes a long time to retrain the body.
Many times chiropractic treatment will need to be incorporated into the rehabilitative process to unlock the many years of neglect that has been brought on by bad posture.
At the Mount Street Chiropractic Centre in Heidelberg we have over 34 years of extensive history in dealing with poor posture and its consequence. All assessments and treatments are based on sound clinical practices and techniques and a positive client outcome is our main priority.
Inate Health operate two clinics. One on Mount Street in Heidelberg and one in North Carlton. If you’re located in one of the surrounding locations such as West Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Eaglemont, Alphington, Fairfield, Macleod, Rosanna, Viewbank, Bulleen, Springthorpe, Ivanhoe or East Ivanhoe, we aren’t far away, so book an appointment with our friendly Chiropractor Dr Joe Donnoli today.