Spinal & Posture Correction
Posture is a window to the spine. Postural distortions, like a forward head or a hunched back, show weakened, damaged or injured areas in the spine. Abnormal posture occurs when groups of vertebrae (spinal bones) lose their proper position in the spine, which alters its normal curves.
Ligaments, which hold vertebrae together, shorten around the misalignment and adapt to the abnormal shape of the spine (i.e. abnormal posture). Muscles, which move bones, spasm and cause pain in an attempt to prevent further misalignment of the bones (i.e. abnormal posture). Discs, the cartilage pads between vertebrae, begin to degenerate and thin because of abnormal stresses and strains, which is an additional source of pain. Furthermore, when a misalignment is present for a long period of time, the vertebrae undergo arthritic changes due to the abnormal stress and strains of a prolonged abnormal posture.
Our Approach to Posture Correction
The Advanced Spine & Wellness approach to posture correction addresses each component of this process with a comprehensive, corrective care approach consisting of specific postural adjustments, postural exercises and corrective ligament stretching. See the below to further understand the path to attaining a correct posture.
In addition to the traditional orthopedic, neurologic and chiropractic exams, a patient's X-rays are analyzed for proper alignment and curvature and are compared to the published normal values of the Harrison Normal Spinal model. The degree to which the patient's spine deviates from this model generally determines length of their treatment. Specific factors that determine posture correction treatment length include:
• Patient’s age
• Phase of spinal degeneration (how long the problem has been present, which is determined by the presence of bone spurs/osteoarthritis)
• Treatment compliance
• General health of the patient and lifestyle activities
Key Takeaways About Poor Posture and Posture Correction
The human spine is designed to efficiently resist large physical forces while maximizing muscular strength and spinal mobility.
Bad posture, accidents and injuries deform the normal shape of the spine. Misalignment (abnormal posture) and spinal degeneration (arthritis) result.
Abnormal posture not only puts a great amount of stress on the spinal cord and nerves, but also causes muscle imbalance and diminished body performance.
Posture Correction & Treatment in Rockville, MD
If you live in the Montgomery County, Maryland area, Advanced Spine & Wellness offers the solutions you need! Our approach to posture correction is safe and effective – chiropractic is a popular alternative to surgery for people of all ages. Call our Rockville office or contact us online today.