How often do we find ourselves either commenting on a teenager’s posture or telling them to “stand up straight”, only to be greeted with a grunt or a sigh…?
This seemly aesthetic problem has more serious health concerns than we may give it credit for. We are also living in a generation where school bags are far too heavy and pull pressure onto the spine and neck as well as the contact use of a mobile phone, further brings the head closer to the floor!
So how does poor posture relate to the health of a child or anybody for that matter?
The obvious first answer would be ‘back pain’ and the constant pressure put on the spine would weaken it, meaning in the future one would be more susceptible to back injuries. This is true! Imagine the child with a heavy back pack and mobile phone. To counter balance the weight on their back, they will push their head forward and downwards, this is so common we now have a new term for it; “text-neck”. This head moving forward becomes heavier and heavier for the body to hold, like taking a bowling ball and holding it at arm’s length, it becomes harder to keep it elevated. That constant pressure on the neck and compensation in the low back will almost certainly lead to neck pain, headaches, low back pain and a weakened spine!
Now let’s take this a little further and understand the serious health implications of a sustained poor posture and increased pressure on the spine.
As we know the spine is protecting the delicate and vital organ – the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the relay system between the brain and the body and controls every cell tissue and organ.
Just like a hose pipe giving water to a plant, the spinal cord gives information for life to our body.
Now take the hose pipe and put a rock on it… what happens to the plant? Well obviously, it will start to wilt and eventually die off.
The same is true in the spine, put too much pressure on it, form poor posture, over time and it will stop the messages coming through from brain to body. This will cause whatever cell, tissue or organ that the nerve is going to, to become weakened and loose function.
We call this sustained pressure and the ‘rock on hose pipe’ phenomena a subluxation.
Commonly we see children with subluxation and no pain but when we consider their current state of health we notice subtle changes such as poor digestion, poor concentration and fatigue. The first signs that the body is starting to slow and become unhealthy.
The only way to check for these subluxations and to see if the poor posture is affecting their health is through a detailed spinal and nervous system examination, which chiropractors carry out.
So, if you think your child’s posture could be improved or you have concerns for their health. Why not contact Epoch Lincoln today to see what we can do?
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