A kinetic chain entails a process in which each joint or segment in the chain effects every other segment during movement. Energy and movement in one segment creates a chain of events which affects neighboring joints and segments. A tangible example involves using playing cards or dominos to create a chain reaction beginning with movement in a single part which impacts the whole.

The spine makes up a kinetic chain. Chiropractors understand that a holistic approach provides the best method of ensuring total body care when assessing and addressing symptoms of disease. The existence of a problem in one area of the spine radiates effects onto other parts of the spine and body. Pain tends to be the last sign that a problem exists. A proactive approach ensures the body be kept in the best position possible to prevent pain and disease from occurring. Chiropractors and other spinal health professionals understand and approach the spine as a powerful kinetic chain which influences the health of the entire body.

A leading spine expert Dr. John Bland accurately stated:

“We tend to divide the examination of the spine into regions: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine clinical studies. This is a mistake. The three units are closely interrelated structurally and functionally. A whole person with a whole spine. The cervical spine (neck) may be symptomatic (painful) because of a thoracic (mid-back) or lumbar (low back) spine abnormality, and vice versa. Sometimes treating the lumbar spine will relieve a cervical spine syndrome, or proper management of the cervical spine will relieve a low back ache.”

– Disorders of the Cervical Spine

The spine consists of twenty-four moveable bones stacked on top of each other with a shock absorber in between each segment. The shock absorber is called an intervertebral disc. Chiropractors focus on the health and functionality of the entire spine to ensure proper alignment and movement within each vertebra and disc.

The spine also intimately connects with the brain and central nervous system. Movement makes up a key ingredient in proper brain and nervous system function. Proper movement means the brain and body communicate to the fullest potential. Every adjustment helps unlock any stiffness or lack of mobility to ensure the process of maximum health and healing. As the spine gets healthier and more well-adjusted, the body gets healthier through better nervous system function. Proactively detecting and addressing all areas of the spine within the kinetic chain remains the ultimate goal. Chiropractors take pride in helping their practice members achieve healthier, more active without drugs or surgery. Stay connected to better help with Chiropractic.

University of Vermont College of medicine 1994
“Disorders of the Cervical Spine.” John Bland, MD. Professor of medicine

Home Tech Usage at All-Time Highs

People continue to spend record-setting amounts of time in seated positions on technological devices. People spend unprecedented amounts of time on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. Tech usage while positioned in lounge chairs, sofas, and living rooms paints a picture of the norm. The increased device usage creates added stress on postural and spinal health and leads to dangerous long-term outcomes.

The average postural position during smartphone usage consists of slumped shoulders and forty-five degrees of downward neck flexion. This position adds over forty pounds of stress and pressure on the spine and neck. Imagine a 40-pound weight resting on the back of the head and the strain being absorbed by small, delicate vertebrae and discs.

The additional stress on the spine and posture leads to a greater risk of postural health abnormalities. Researchers determined that seated posture massively impacts overall health and function. Sitting posture consists of hunched shoulders, forward head position, a rounded mid-back, and a forward-tilting pelvis. Poor posture causes more long-term damage than back aches.

Spine and postural health influence many aspects of overall well-being. Research reveals a crucial relationship between posture and heart and lung function. A ground-breaking study published in 2004 proved a relational connection between bad posture, atherosclerosis, and pulmonary disease. The study found a 44% higher risk of death in people categorized as the poorest level of posture. Most medical doctors remain unaware of this data and the significant role posture plays in the health and well-being of all ages of people.

Chiropractors passionately pursue educating the community to better understand the influence of regular Chiropractic adjustments on whole-body health. The issue of sedentary positioning mixed with poor posture began permeating school and work culture years ago yet takes on new emphasis during times when more people work and stay at home using technological devices. Chiropractors help infants, children, and parents achieve optimal health and function through better spinal and postural health. Science continues to build evidence-based research which proves healthy posture directly impacts healthy function.

Chiropractors focus on helping the public better understand the need to intentionally pursue ideal spinal hygiene and care. Adults and children alike benefit from a maximized defense against health-threatening posture problems. The entire family unlocks improved capacity for optimal performance and function by getting adjusted regularly to combat the ill effects of poor posture and extended technology use. People currently spend more time at home, but no limitations exist in the pursuit of elite health care.

Journal of American Geriatrics Society 2004
Hyperkyphotic Posture Predicts Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: A Prospective Study.”
Deborah M Kado, Mei-Hua Huang, Arun S Karlamangla, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Gail A Greendale