7 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Help Improve Your Posture - NYDNRehab.com

7 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Help Improve Your Posture

7 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Help Improve Your Posture

Most people have an idea of what good posture ought to look like, but few understand how to correct poor posture that develops over time from bad habits. Yet living with suboptimal posture can impact your health and wellness in numerous ways. Learn about seven key ways that a chiropractor can help with posture.

Good vs Bad Posture

What we call posture is really the way your joints align in relation to one another, and to gravity. Your body alignment is determined by the amount of tension exerted on your skeleton by your muscles and connective tissues. When tension is optimally balanced, your joints line up to perfection, and you achieve good posture.

But for most of us, modern living is not conducive to good posture. We sit for long hours, staring at our devices, with too little exercise or physical exertion. Over time, some muscles become overly tight, while others become lax, and our joints slowly lose their postural integrity.

In the military, soldiers are trained to stand erect for hours on end. In addition to giving them a military bearing that can be quite intimidating, perfect posture conserves energy because it requires the least amount of effort to sustain.

Good vs Bad Posture

To get an idea of how your posture stacks up, try this simple test:

  1. Stand with your back against a flat wall.
  2. Touch your heels, buttocks, shoulder blades and the base of your skull to the wall, with your gaze straight ahead and your chin parallel to the floor.
  3. Maintain that posture and step away from the wall.
  4. If holding that posture feels uncomfortable, your postural alignment may need a tune-up.

In addition to static posture while sitting and standing, you need to be aware of your dynamic posture while moving. Poor dynamic posture keeps your body from moving efficiently and puts stress on your joints, increasing your risk of injury.

Why It’s Important to Fix Bad Posture

Unless you take measures to correct your posture throughout the day, chances are it will deteriorate over time. Even if you make a conscious effort to sit and stand erect, if you are not physically active, your muscles will be unable to function in a coordinated way that holds your joints in alignment.

Why It’s Important to Fix Bad Posture

Consequences of bad posture include:

  • Looking older than your age

  • Reduced digestive efficiency

  • Increased risk of joint problems

  • Low back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Reduced balance and stability

  • Increased risk of sports injuries

  • Too-shallow breathing

  • TMJ syndrome

  • Headaches

Why see a Chiropractor for Posture?

Chiropractic care focuses on the human spine and central nervous system. Because your nerves are housed in your spinal column, poor spinal alignment can cause them to become irritated and painful. The job of a chiropractor is to optimize spinal alignment, to reduce pain and dysfunction.

A chiropractor will work with you to fix bad posture and restore healthy alignment in the following ways:

  • Assessment. Your chiropractor will conduct a thorough assessment of your total body alignment, to identify problem areas that are affecting your posture.

  • Education. A chiropractor can work with you and teach you how to permanently fix posture to improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life.

  • Manipulation. A chiropractor can adjust your spinal alignment through various manual techniques, to relieve pressure on your nerves and restore optimal spinal alignment.

  • Exercises. A chiropractor understands that good posture cannot be achieved if your muscles are weak and out of balance. They can prescribe specific exercises to correct misalignment and restore balanced muscle tension.

Why see a Chiropractor for Posture?
  • Stretches. Some muscles become overly tight from daily habits. Your hip flexor muscles are a good example — if you sit for most of the day, tight hip flexors can throw your entire body out of alignment. The same is true of the muscles in your neck and upper back. Your chiropractor can prescribe certain stretches to increase your flexibility and joint range of motion, and restore muscle elasticity.

  • Myofascial Release. Sometimes your fascia, the thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds and separates your muscles, can develop trigger points — tiny muscle spasms that cause pain and interfere with muscle function. Manual massage techniques and dry needling are often used by chiropractors for posture correction.

  • Maintenance. Getting regular periodic tune-ups from your chiropractor can help you to maintain your best posture over time. You will look better, feel better, and enjoy a better quality of life as you age.

Get the Best Chiropractor for Posture in NYC

Dr. Lev Kalika is a licensed chiropractor who specializes in posture correction in NYC. His state-of-the-art clinic, NYDNRehab, is equipped with some of the most advanced technologies in the conservative healthcare arena.

When it comes to improving your overall health, posture and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand. Fixing your posture is a proactive way to stay healthy, age gracefully and avoid pain and injuries. Contact NYDNRehab today, and learn how to fix bad posture for a healthier, happier life.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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