Poor Posture Treatment: A Spokane Valley Chiropractor's Perspective
As a chiropractor serving Spokane Valley, WA for over a decade now one of the problems I have seen dramatically get worse and impacting more and more people at a younger age is poor posture. With the increased use of cell phones, computers, longer commutes, video games, and people just overall being less active than they used to be more people are showing signs of poor posture. Normal posture from the front view is when both the ears, shoulders, and hips are level. From the side the ears should be directly over the shoulders, shoulders centered over the hips and the hips over the ankles. Since postural changes happen gradually over time most people don’t even notice how bad their posture really is, but poor posture beyond looking bad greatly impacts how your body is functioning because it affects the spine and nervous system which controls everything going on in the body. Chronic poor posture has been associated with greater chance of neck or back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, muscle tension, spinal disc degeneration or herniations, heart problems, lung problems, and high blood pressure to name a few.
At River City Chiropractic Spokane Valley, we are spine and postural correction specialists that help people fix the cause of their pain or symptoms stemming from their poor posture instead of putting a band aid on the symptoms. Since poor posture can have multiple causes and patterns, it is best to see a health professional such as a corrective chiropractor in Spokane Valley, WA to have a comprehensive evaluation done to determine where to begin first when addressing poor posture to help achieve the best results.
How We Treat Poor Posture In Spokane Valley, WA
Comprehensive Consultation, Exam, and X-Rays
Before we can begin treating someone with poor posture, we must first identify the root cause of the poor posture so we know where to begin which is why every new patient encounter at our Spokane Valley, WA chiropractic office involves a comprehensive history to find out what has happened in the past and present along with lifestyle choices that may be causing imbalances in posture.
The next step would be a thorough exam consisting of postural and range of motion analysis, orthopedic and neurological testing, bilateral weight testing, spinal motion palpation, and if necessary, spinal x-rays to determine the exact location, extent of the damage, and formulate a custom careplan to help correct the postural imbalances.
Corrective Chiropractic Care In Spokane Valley, WA For Poor Posture
Here at River City Chiropractic in Spokane Valley, WA we specialize in spinal corrective care. Just a small percentage of chiropractors have this approach and training. When someone has repeated poor posture it can cause spinal misalignments, also known as subluxations, loss of the normal spinal curvature in the neck, uneven head/shoulders, or extra rounding in the upper back also known as a dowagers hump. Spinal subluxations can irritate the nerves resulting in pain, muscle tension, or other symptoms, along with restricting proper motion of the vertebrae which leads to spinal degeneration and further worsening posture.
Our goal at River City Chiropractic Spokane Valley is to not only help people get relief from their symptoms, but also to correct their spine and posture so the issues don’t continue to come back through spinal adjustments and a comprehensive spinal exercise program performed in office as well as at home.
Custom Therapeutic Exercise Program For Poor Posture
At River City Chiropractic Spokane Valley we custom make a home exercise program and provide spinal homecare equipment that helps our patients get better and long lasting results. Following a thorough exam/xray and report of findings our doctor at River City Chiropractic in Spokane Valley, WA will create a home exercise plan that is specific to your posture and x-ray findings. With this program comes some special spinal rehab equipment to help our patients in Spokane Valley, WA get better results, faster. We also have access to a database of 1000’s of stretches/exercises with videos that can be prescribed to our patients to help them with core stability or address any other muscle weakness or tightness concerns. These exercises are designed to help people get relief faster, hold adjustments longer, preventing further degeneration, balance the hips, restoring the natural curvature in the neck, and also eliminate the hump in the upper back.
Spinal Decompression Spokane Valley, WA
Poor posture over time can lead to degenerating or bulged spinal discs. The spinal discs are the gel like cushion between the vertebrae that enable the spine to bend and twist. However, due to loss of normal spinal curvature or improper movement of the spine the spinal discs can protrude or begin to breakdown which causes compression on the spinal cord and or nerves in the neck or low back, often resulting in pain, tension, or numbness and tingling.
Spinal surgery to treat disc problems can be very expensive and risky in the sense of potential complications as well as outcomes. A much safer and effective alternative is spinal decompression therapy, which works by gently stretching the spine relieving the pressure off the spinal discs and nerves. At River City Chiropractic in Spokane Valley, WA we use the Back On Trac spinal decompression chair which assists in hydrating the discs, restoring normal spinal motion and curvature as well as adding in heat and vibration to relax any tight muscles for optimal results. The Back On Trac decompression chair has been a great addition to our Spokane Valley, WA clinic helping our patients reverse the damage caused by poor posture over time.
Common Causes of Poor Posture in Spokane Valley, WA
On average we spend 1/3 of our life sleeping, so it would make sense that by sleeping for hours a day in poor posture or position that damage can add up over time. With each sleep position there are some pros and cons that can be argued, but generally sleeping on the stomach is the worst position to sleep in for your spine and posture because the added stress on the spine in the neck and lower back. The fetal position is also one of the most common sleep postures, and does have some benefits, but again when it comes to improving posture this is the same hunched position people spend all day long in at their computer so essentially making it more challenging to correct. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees or on your back are the best sleep positions for improving your posture.
Today the average American spends between 2-4 hours per day looking down at their phone or some other handheld electronic device. The further you look down and your head goes forward with physics it increases the weight and load placed on the spine by up to 60lbs. This increased stress and load to the spine over time results in chronic poor posture and tension in the neck or shoulders, loss proper neck curvature, neck pain, headaches, or spinal disc problems. Here at River City Chiropractic in Spokane Valley, WA we specialize in spinal corrective care and help are patients reverse the detrimental effects of tech neck by correcting postural issues and restoring the proper curvature back to the neck.
More Americans are working from home than ever before and working more on computers than was the case years ago, which if done incorrectly will be a major detriment to your posture. Sitting is now being called the new smoking because the impact it can play on one’s health is about the same or worse as smoking, so it is best to have a standing desk to minimize the amount of time you spend sitting during the day. Next making sure the monitor is at eye level and keyboard at a level so your arms are at 90 degrees. Having your monitor and keyboard set too low results in more slouching and the dreaded hunchback along with loss of the natural curve in the neck.
A subluxation is a misalignment of the vertebrae of the spine that prevents normal spinal motion and can irritate or damage the spinal nerves often causing symptoms such back pain or headaches. Subluxations tend to worsen and become more challenging to correct the long they are there. At River City Chiropractic Spokane Valley, we locate subluxations of the spine that are causing pain or poor posture and through chiropractic adjustments and spinal exercises help people correct their subluxations along with their posture over time which can be on pre and post x-rays.
Whiplash is a common injury people in Spokane Valley, WA can have following an auto accident, fall snow or water skiing, or other sporting activities. With whiplash, the head moves forward and backward quickly causing damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck. It is very important to address whiplash quickly because even if the initial pain subsides the spine and posture will continue to degenerate over time. Here at River City Chiropractic Spokane Valley we treat many people with whiplash injuries both acute or chronic and see great success helping them to resolve this problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can poor posture or loss of neck curve be corrected in Spokane Valley, WA?
In most cases it can be corrected or at least improved, but generally it does take working with a qualified professional such as a corrective chiropractor in Spokane Valley, WA to determine the root cause of the postural imbalances and have a proper strategy to fix it over time.
What causes someone to lose the curve in the neck?
People in Spokane Valley, WA can lose the curve in the neck from a number of things such as reading, hobbies, sleeping position, tech use, car accidents, or sports. Usually it is not just one thing, it is a combination of them that results in the loss of curve over time.
Is poor posture and spine degeneration just normal with aging?
Degeneration and poor posture are common to see as people age, but definitely not normal. It is also common for people to gain weight as people age, but again that is not normal. Poor posture, degeneration, and weight gain all greatly impact your health and can be prevented if people take the appropriate action steps to avoid it.
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15413 East Valleyway Avenue
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Spokane Valley, WA 99037