Can Bad Spinal Health And Poor Posture Contribute To Disease Processes?

Educating the community to better understand the influence of regular chiropractic adjustments on whole-body health consumes the mind and work of every chiropractor. Chiropractors influence more than just pain relief and that impact starts with understanding the role of a healthy spine on human health. Science proves that chiropractic care helps infants, children, and adults of all walks of life achieve optimal health, mobility, and function through regular care.

Poor spinal and postural health decreases function of all organs and systems. The advice of most mothers to sit up straight turns out to be as important as eating vegetables. A ground-breaking study published in 2004 found a significant relationship between bad posture and early death from atherosclerosis and pulmonary disease. That statement bears repeating; poor posture directly related to heart and lung related deaths. The actual study determined a 44% higher risk of death in those with the poorest posture. And most medical doctors remain completely unaware of this data and the significant role posture plays in health and well-being for all ages.

The study pointed out that the specific posture with the most dangerous influence on heart and lung health was sitting posture. Poor sitting posture presents with hunched shoulders, head forward, rounded mid-back, and a forward-tilting pelvis. 60% of the entire work force spends nearly 80 hours a day in this position at computers and desks.

Poor posture directly relates to the pandemic of ever-increasing diseases all over the world, particularly cases of heart and lung disease as discussed in the 2004 posture study. Medical solutions to this problem begin with drugs and surgery. Drugs and surgery not only seek to simply numb or cover up the symptoms, but they also have dangerous side effects that reduce quality of life. The true cause of many of these unwanted symptoms and diseases go overlooked by almost every other healthcare provider except chiropractors. Chiropractors focus on addressing and healing the source if disease by enhancing the optimal function of the body. Every adjustment improves health and quality of life by improving spinal and postural health.

Chiropractors focus on education and consistently remind the public to avoid waiting until loved ones develop heart or lung diseases before looking for proven causes that can be addressed and remedied. Diet and exercise prove vital to heart health but posture and spinal health also play an important role. Adults and children deserve the best defense against health-threatening spine and posture problems. Chiropractic works.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society October 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

Proper alignment of every axle on an automobile prevents abnormal wear and tear on the tires. The human spine operates very similarly. The pads located between each spinal bone consist of soft tissue. Abnormal alignment breaks down the soft tissue. The pads are called intervertebral discs and consist of cartilage and water. Seventy percent of the discs in between each spinal bone are made of water. This composition creates greater mobility and cushion. The softer tissue and water in the disc require proper alignment to sustain durability and longevity.

Research shows that abnormal postural and spinal alignment increase the risk and progression of spinal degeneration. A study from 2017 showed that asymmetrical distribution of loads on the spine caused greater rates of joint and disc degeneration.

Chiropractic adjustments improve the alignment and movement of the spine and decrease the risk and progression of spinal joint and disc degeneration. The spine’s intimate connection with the central nervous system means that each healthy adjustment improves the brain’s ability to receive and send appropriate messages to all organs, cells, and tissues. People of all ages experience pain relief, greater mobility, and the prevention of spinal joint degeneration with regular spinal care. Chiropractic adjustments improve the alignment and movement in the spine to unlock increased levels of health and wellness throughout the body.

Low back pain will affect more than eighty percent of people at some point in their lives. More than fifty percent of adults over the age of 55 exhibit disc degeneration. Many have no signs or symptoms of advanced degeneration. By the time pain signals begin to announce the presence of disc problems, the body will no longer be able to reverse advanced damage. The benefits of chiropractic extend far beyond pain relief. Proactive maintenance of the essential tissues in the spine allows healthy and pain free living for aging adults.

Research continues to prove the positive influence of just one single session of chiropractic on overall health, strength and function. Improving spinal mobility, maximizing nervous system health, and lowering the risk of spinal degeneration represent just a few of the benefits driving more parents and families to chiropractors every week. Doctors and health practitioners also continue to recommend chiropractic due to research, results, and an overall desire for a non-invasive drugless approach to better living. Taking care of the body now means the body can take care of the person later in life. More and more people continue to pursue proactive health care with chiropractic.

Asian Journal of Neurosurgery April-June 2017
Neglected knowledge: Asymmetric features of lumbar disc disease.” Ayhan Kanat, Ugur Yazar, Bulent Ozdemir, Hizir Kazadal, and Mehmet Sabri Balik

Going back to school usually coincides with annual checkups and physical health measurements. One of those check-ups usually includes a yearly physical exam from a pediatrician or family doctor. Doctors will advise on issues like diet, exercise, and vision in addition to monitoring the heart, blood pressure, and testing for diabetes. Student-athletes also undergo yearly physicals as a mandatory step in being cleared to practice and play in most states. 

Taking a child in for a yearly physical serves as a very similar reason that health conscious parents take their children to a chiropractor for a back to school spine and nervous system evaluation. Some parents do not yet understand the lifelong value of a spinal exam for a child or teen. The importance of spinal care for long term health cannot be measured and chiropractors pursue the mission of educating all people about proactive long-term health care.

A new shift towards preventative care encourages many parents to visit chiropractic offices for family checkups. The health of the spine intimately connects to the function of the brain and nervous system. Science and research continue to discover and unpack the importance of spinal alignment and movement on overall health, growth, focus and development for all ages. Misaligned or immovable sections of the spine negatively influence the central nervous system, setting off a cascade of hormones that lead to unwanted symptoms and conditions. 

Research done by medical doctors and published in peer-reviewed literature continues to reveal the influence of posture on overall health and well-being. One well known study evaluated posture using x-rays and plumb-line measurements. Every patient in the study listed specific symptoms or ailments they were suffering from that correlated with increased deviations in their spine and posture. Abnormal measures of blood pressure, pulse, and respiration were recorded. Research determined that every recorded aspect of health got worse as the posture deviations (shifts in posture) increased.

Abnormal spinal posture, misalignments and altered vertebral movement occur like tooth cavities without back or neck pain-type symptoms. The relationship between the spine and nervous system result in spinal abnormalities that alter the entire health function of a child or adult. The host of unhealthy outcomes and symptoms include less focus, less concentration, less energy, interference with immunity and digestion, and more. The spine intimately connects to the nervous system and interference limits health potential.

Annual health checkups and physicals serve a purpose of protecting and providing support for children engaged in periods of tremendous growth physically, mentally, and emotionally. Every child deserves an opportunity to experience optimized health and function. A return to school marks an annual rite of passage to a new year of growth. Let this year be a year of proactive health by scheduling a nervous system check-up with the family chiropractor.