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The Physiological Ramifications of Poor Posture

Did you know that 90% of those who come to our office for back pain don’t know the cause of it?

What we know, however, is that extended periods of sitting at a desk job is the primary culprit. Not only does posture affect the mechanical system of our back and the pain we endure, but it goes beyond that. It can affect our health physiologically.

The American Journal of Pain Management found that posture affects and moderates the following:

  • Autonomic regulation
  • Blood pressure
  • Breathing
  • Homeostasis
  • Hormone production
  • Mood
  • Pulse
  • Respiration
  • Sympathetic function

The late Dr. Roger Sperry, a neurobiologist and neuropsychologist, won a Nobel prize for his work with split-brain research. He was quoted as saying that “Better than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used to relating to the physical body and its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism and healing.”

Symptoms Associated with Slouching

Poor posture can lead to more than just back pain. If you don’t practice good posture, you may experience constipation, acid reflux, headaches, a decline in motivation, an inability to concentrate, fatigue and sleep issues. In fact, 37% of people with back pain say it affects their ability to get a good night’s sleep. That’s problematic as sleep is crucial to our repair process. It’s kind of like hitting the reset button on our body for the next day.

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help to correct and maintain your posture so you can not only look better but feel better and be healthier. Contact us today for an appointment!

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