Thousands of people of all ages across the world were asked whether they would rather suffer from a back problem or a brain problem.
Every single individual responded that they would choose to suffer from a back related issue.
People tend to assume that even severe back problems present less of a health challenge than brain problems because the brain regulates so many aspects of life and health.
Would you rather have a back problem or a brain problem?
What most people fail to understand is that the two organs are connected.
The Brain and Spine are really one and the same.
The brain and spine combine to form the nervous system and the nervous system regulates the health of your body.
Four medical studies over the last 10 years have proven that stimulating the spine improves brain function.
Chiropractic care improves the brain and the health of the entire body through specific adjustments to the spine.
Spine health can ultimately be broken down into 2 components: Posture & Mobility.
In today’s article, I’d like to discuss the significance of posture and a new study, hot off the presses that justifies why everyone should be using the spine correction device called a Dennerol.
According to the American Journal of Pain Management, “Posture affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to nervous system function, and despite the considerable evidence that posture affects physiology and function, the significant influence of posture on health is not addressed by most physicians.”
When you realize that the poor posture (think looking down at your phone or slouching in front of a computer) forces your spinal cord to compress into an abnormal shape, you can begin to appreciate its impact on brain function.
This is why I always start my exams with posture assessments.
Posture influences everything. Posture directly impacts health and influences every aspect of human performance. People with good posture simply experience better overall function.
Poor Posture Results in Poor Health Outcomes
A 2013 medical study revealed the significance of bad posture.
In this study, over 800 people were separated based on “good” and “bad” forward head posture and were followed for 4.5 years.
The group of people with the poorest posture showed a 393% higher rate of disability compared to a group of people with good posture.
Those people that displayed the poorest posture suffered from nearly a 400% greater chance of losing the ability to perform one or more daily living activities.
Chiropractors influence posture on a daily basis by addressing abnormal spinal health that produces poor posture.
Additionally, Chiropractors restore balance in the central nervous system by stimulating the spine to in turn stimulate the brain.
Every single adjustment reduces stress in the communication system connecting the brain to the body.
Regular adjustments reduce posture deviations and promote health restoration.
Breakthrough Randomized Trial Offers Hope for Patients Suffering from Neck Pain, Arm Pain, and Disability with Cervical Disc Injuries
A study was recently accepted for publication in The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (http://www.archives-pmr.org/article/S0003-9993(16)30898-X/abstract) titled: Improvements In Neck Curve and Posture Using the Denneroll Improves Neck Pain, Arm Pain, Disability, and Nerve Function in Patients with Disc Herniation.
In this paper, Physical therapists investigated 40 patients with chronic pain and disability due to Discogenic Cervical Radiculopathy (basically neck pain and problems due to disc injury).
Patients were assessed for short (10-weeks) and long term (1-year) outcomes of neck disability, neck pain, arm pain, and measures of neuro-physiology.
Important Findings and Conclusion
The addition of the cervical denneroll orthotic device was found to improve the cervical lordotic curvature by an average of 13° and improve forward head posture by 12mm.
This improvement in cervical curvature and posture in the Denneroll group was found to be associated with improvement in chronic neck pain, arm pain, and neck disability and a reduction in medication usage over the 1 year time period.
Furthermore, in the group receiving the denneroll and curve correction, their peripheral nervous system speed was found to increase by 24% and the spinal cord–central conduction time–was found to increase by 23%!
Seriously… what more do you need to understand how vital the curve and positioning of the head is relative to brain and nervous system function!
If you currently have poor posture and loss of curvature in your neck, you need to be using a denneroll every night!
So how do people end up with disc injuries to the neck?
Yep… Altered alignment, posture and movement!
Bad posture and alignment of the bones that make up your neck has been found to result in degenerative changes in the muscles, ligaments, discs and bony structures.
These degenerative changes, in turn generate increased force on the spinal cord and neural elements leading to arm pain and altered physiology or nerve signaling.
One of the best solutions to control for the progressive development of Spinal Arthritis and Disc Disease (SADD), is to ensure that you have a proper cervical spine posture (head position) and a proper cervical lordotic curvature (verified with xray analysis).
In fact, abnormal neck curvatures are 18X’s more common in chronic neck pain subjects compared to non pain persons!
This is why xrays and posture analysis are so important.
It's also been demonstrated that individuals with loss of curvature are a greater risk of injury in car collisions and high velocity sports (football, soccer) than those individuals with increased curvature.
How Can You Get Help for Your Altered Posture and Spinal Arthritis and Disc Disease and Health Disorders?
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations.
Our goal at Family Health Chiropractic is to help people realign their cervical spines back to health, and eliminate a potential source of progressive SADD, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions.
If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact our office to schedule an exam.