I wanted to talk to you guys today a little bit about posture. So, posture is critical, not only so that you look good, but so that you can function right. So your body can heal. Plenty of studies have shown that posture moderates your function. Anything from breathing to metabolism, to cardiovascular health, among many other things. Posture is important, so I wanted to talk to you a little bit about that today, because it’s important to understand, because there’s some misconceptions about it.
One being, as we’ve all probably heard back in the day, when you would slouch in your chair, and your mother, or maybe your grandfather, or your teacher would say, “Sit up straight.” And then, what would you do? Sit up straight, and then, lo and behold, what starts to happen? We go right back. Because it’s not a conscious thing, posture. It’s not something you’re thinking about. “Oh yeah, I just want to sit slouched down and hunched over.” No. This is a programmed thing, in your brain-to-body. Your nerve-muscle memory. So you have learned this. Your body has adapted to your current posture over time, so if it’s going to change, it can’t be a conscious thing. We can’t just like say, “Oh, change,” and it’ll do so. It has to be a reprogramming and a subconscious corrective thing.
So never forget, either, I want to show you a little image here, that your spine and your structure, your bone structure, hips, pelvis, all of that, is what is the supporting framework for good posture. So it’s not like we all don’t have that. We all have the structure available to create good posture. It’s just that, over time, habits and new imprints have been formed in your brain-to-body. So we need to retrain that.
So here’s an example. From the front, we want to see head level, also straight up and down. Shoulders level, episternal notch, right under your throat, right there, with your sternum down below, all lined up just like this in a perfect line between your feet. Hips are level right here, no rotation. All good. That’s from the front. Now from the side, we want to see ear over shoulder, shoulder over hip, hip over knee, knee over ankle. Pretty basic but important.
So here’s what we’re starting to see. So if you take a look at this example, of this young lady where, see how the head is starting to massively migrate forward. That’s gonna create that unwanted visual, what women call the hump on the back. Nobody wants that. We want to absolutely have that upright, not just for cosmetic reasons, but for functional reasons. Okay? So making certain that this is not happening, we have to get it corrected.
So, what this young lady did is, went through corrective care in our clinic, and this was her post-posture picture. As you’ll see, you’re much closer to over-the-shoulder. We’re eliminating that massive amount of stress of the head coming out in front and creating degeneration, stress, pain, among other issues.
So making certain that your posture is locked in, solid, and balanced for as long as possible throughout your life is key, and this starts at the youngest age possible. So I can’t recommend it enough, that you would get your children checked. Get their posture checked by a professional, way more than just the old bend-down-and-touch-your-toes thing at the pediatrician, too. I’m talking about a detailed scientific posture and spine analysis.
So important that we do that at a young age, especially with the advent of technology, because what is every kid doing now at home? This. All of us are on our computers. We sit in our car and we drive. We’re at our desks. So we’ve gotta make certain that we’re doing things to correct that, or we’re gonna turn into, well we’re actually already turning into an epidemic of a society that just literally is starting to look like a bunch of hunchbacks, which is nothing you want. Again, most importantly, for function but also cosmetically.
So just a little bit on posture. Make sure you’re doing your exercise at home, getting your adjustments. If you haven’t been checked by a chiropractor, or you forward this to a friend, by all means get to a corrective chiropractor that can absolutely assess this and correct it, give you the right tools to make that happen.