Vertebral Subluxation* plays a major role in bad posture and this study reveals the detrimental effects of deviated posture in a human.
(Postural Deviation is a term used to describe different ways in which our posture can become unaligned from the ‘norm’. (eg. rounded upper back or forward head posture))
This was a study published in the reputable Medical Journal of SPINE in 2005 and was done by a team of Medical Doctors headed up by Dr. Steven Glassman. They measured posture in 752 subjects using full-spine x-rays. They took measurements from the C7 and took plumb-line measures as it relates to the sacrum.
Their findings were ASTONISHING!!
ALL MEASURES OF HEALTH STATUS showed significantly POORER SCORES AS POSTURE DEVIATIONS INCREASED.
Even minor forward head posture was shown to be detrimental. From breathing and heart rate, to pain and disability, all health markers that were measured worsened as the posture deviations increased.
This clearly demonstrates the relationship between a bad spine (vertebral subluxation) and its implications on human health, particularly as it relates to non-musculoskeletal physiology.
All Chiropractic adjustments help to restore posture by improving motion and spinal integrity which improves afferent input into the spinal cord and brain, thus, allowing the body to comprehend and balance itself better in relation to gravity.
*Repetitive physical, chemical and emotional stress can subtly cause misalignments in your spine called Subluxations.