Posture is the expression of how our body is aligned and balanced. It is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves and our environment.
Good posture and good biomechanics provides our body with the best anatomical position to be in as we perform tasks such as standing and sitting to dynamic motions such as walking and bending. Good posture aligns our joints and muscles into a position that loads our body weight onto our joint surfaces evenly and lets our muscles perform at their best mechanical advantage.
Good postures uses less energy that gives our postural muscles the endurance to perform their task of holding us up against physical stresses including the effects of gravity or compromised postural positions like sitting.
Poor posture leads to muscle and other soft tissue fatigue and can lead to tissue strain. Good posture allows an even distribution of our body weight onto the smooth cartilage of our joint surfaces. This prevents strain on the joint surface to help prevent premature damage which can lead to degenerative changes including osteoarthritis.
The foundation of our skeleton is the spine. It is a flexible yet strong column of bones running down from the back of your head to your lower back and pelvis region. It protects your spinal cord and cushions you from the daily shock of forces travelling up and down your body as you move, lift and travel.
Every activity, even breathing demands movement of your spine, ribs and attachments. The spine gives the human structure both strength and agility. The most obvious benefit of good posture is efficiency and comfort. Yet, because of the interrelationship of the structure (bones and joints) and functional systems (organs) of the body, posture is also an important factor which can influence your health. For example, poor posture compromises the movement of the rib cage and does not allow the lungs to function at maximum efficiency in order to bring proper oxygen to tissues and eliminate carbon dioxide from your body.
Researchers have discovered a connection from your neck muscles to parts of your brainstem that helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Poorly aligned or improper joint function leads to nerve irritation causing headaches and fatigue or early tissue degeneration of the skeletal joints, discs and muscles. Your posture is a tip-off to others as to whether you are a positive person or a negative person, a strong person or a weak person, a healthy person or a ill person.
The doctors at the Vancouver Spine Care Centre are specialists in body mechanics. As doctors of chiropractic, we are concerned with structural, muscular and neurological aspects of the human body. Our treatments are aimed at maintaining sound structure of the body by correcting spinal and postural disorders, and preventing functional and structural health problems.