It has been known for years that body posture is like a “Window into the Shape of the Spinal Column”. Body Postural problems aid in identifying a variety of dysfunctions in the spinal column. Abnormal Postures can cause or refer to a number of health problems. The majority of visits to our Clinic, The Wellness Center of NY, a NYC based Physical Therapy Center, are for external problems related to poor posture. In fact Chiropractors in NY treat a major of conditions that are related to improper posture. Abnormal Posture is always associated with an abnormal spinal. Abnormal Posture causes increased force and pressure on the muscles, ligaments, and bones of your spinal column. These abnormal forces (caused by abnormal posture) lead to a break down of body tissues causing pain and damage.
From the front the posture is symmetric and the spine is straight. From the side view, the head, rib cage, pelvis and feet are vertically balanced. The spine has essential curves in the side view. These curves have specific normal angles that can be measured from x-rays. There are many abnormal postures. There can be a shift off of the midline or a turning around the midline. All these postures need to be ruled out for proper treatment. Q: How would one correct your postural deviations without doing this analysis first? A: Chances are your problem (s) have been overlooked and undiagnosed – therefore, untreated and still present.
To perform a simple self-test, stand in front of a full-length mirror. Close your eyes and nod your head back and forward a couple of times and stop in your neutral or comfortable position. Open your eyes without moving any body part. LOOK FOR ANY OF THESE DEVIATIONS IN YOUR SPINE AND POSTURE:
1. Is the midline of face centered over the neck and shoulders?
2. Is your head vertical?
3. Do you see both ears equally
4. Is one shoulder higher than the other?
5. Is one shoulder / arm more forward than the other?
6. Are your hips centred over your feet?
7. Are your hips level?
8. Is one hip more forward than the other / one buttock further back than the other?
If there are any deviations, you may have a serious problem waiting to express itself. Remember: Symptoms are usually the last to show up!