We are what is known as a flexor dominant society. More often than not, patients have jobs that require them to be at a desk for the majority of the day. This creates tremendous stress on the neck, upper/mid back, shoulders and even the low back. With proper posture, the head sits right on top of the shoulders and gravity keeps it in place. The same is true of the shoulders sitting in their joint. Once we lose that proper posture, we are forced to use other means to keep our head and shoulders in place. This includes muscles, tendons and ligaments. Eventually they get tired.
In order to combat this, we try and focus on keeping good posture throughout the day. But what happens 30 seconds after we fix our posture? We forget about it, and fall back into the same pattern. Why is this? Our brains are wired for that to be our normal. It is impossible for us to consciously keep our head and shoulders back all day. It is possible, however, to retrain the brain and musculoskeletal system to stand and sit with proper posture. At Balance Chiropractic, we have many protocols to improve an array of different postural distortion patterns.
Dr. Aaron Salinger of Balance Chiropractic & Wellness Center, on the East Side of Providence, RI.