Why Posture Matters for Low Back Pain | Chiropractor in West Omaha, NE
Dr. Jeremiah Sample here and this is Julie. We’re here from Family First Chiropractic to talk to you today about the importance of posture and why posture matters for low back pain. In fact we often joked that we could probably do a 10 part 50 hour series on things our mother told us that we should have listened to. And this is definitely one of them.
Now, it would make sense that if your shoulders are level and your hips are level, that will lead to a healthier spine. Now, if you do have an unleveling of the hips or the shoulders, what this does is it causes your spine to compensate. Because your eyes will focus on that horizon and your brain is going to make that happen. But everything else will have to shift over to keep your head upright, causing many misalignments or as we say, subluxations in your spine.
If you look from the side, ideally, you need to have her head above her shoulders over hips above her ankles, right, this causes the proper curvatures in the spine, right allows for the organs to work properly and the nervous system to flow the way that it should. However, if she does that slouch like everybody else has been told not to do for their entire lives and that their shoulders roll forward, head comes forward, I could see their ears well formed over shoulder, every inch forward causes another 10 pounds of pressure right here, causing inflammation and swelling. And more dangerous to that. It’s not just about these nerves as they exit, but the organs that they supply.
So as she slouches forward it crushes on her lungs means that her diaphragm now can’t fully expand, also causing less oxygen in the body so less energy, and the heart itself is in that same area. So now the heart has to work harder to pump blood through our body. See, what this will do over time is cause the degeneration of these discs, arthritis to form and the choking of these nerves leading to less nerve supply and less health overall. Because the posture of your body is the window to your spine. You can go back to your real posture again.
If you have questions about your posture, the posture of a loved one or questions in general and low back pain, please comment below and we’ll reach out to you