Paying attention to your side profile could help avoid neck and back problems and improve quality of life. New research published by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) suggests that those whose heads lean forward are most likely to be currently suffering from back or neck pain (58%), followed by those with an excessively arched lower back (56%).
The BCA researchers asked women (whom the study was focused on) which side-shape they are, with four broad categories of altered posture compared to the ideal.
• Spoon – flat back, rounded shoulders
• Leaning tower – head leans forward
• Bridge – arched back
• Flat-pack – flat back
Whether you stand like a spoon or a leaning tower, a bridge or a flat back, your side-shape may indicate problems ahead.
Posture has also been shown to have an effect on many other areas of health and wellbeing beyond symptoms of pain such as mood, energy levels, self-confidence, range of motion, and change in the release of stress hormones. Poor posture can also negatively impact on decision making, work productivity and other areas of life.
The good news is that making changes to your posture doesn’t call for extreme dieting or exercise programs and can be managed simply with the help of your local chiropractor.
People who want to improve their back and neck pain symptoms through a better posture should try imagining they have a plumb line hanging straight from their ears to ankles – with everything in the middle sitting on the same line.
One way to do this is to try standing in a relaxed way and then gently contracting the abdominal muscles. When sitting, the gravity line should pass thorough ear, shoulder and hip.
Straighten Up Australia is a health initiative of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) and is an easy and enjoyable everyday program to improve your health and the way your body functions.
Consisting of simple stretches and exercises, the program is designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by enhancing balance, strength and flexibility of the spine. For more information, visit www.chiropractors.asn.au
Your local CAA chiropractor can assess your spinal health and provide the chiropractic care needed to improve your posture. Visit Locate A Chiropractor