Poor posture can cause your body to ache, experience severe pain and dysfunction. Posture is fundamentally the position of your body in space and the relationship of your body parts — head, torso, and limbs — to each other. Changes in posture occur when any part of the body is moved.
Ideal posture is the state of muscular and skeletal balance that protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity, whether at work or rest. It is the positioning of the joints that provides the least amount of stress on the body. On the contrary, faulty posture will increase the stress on the joints and the body overall.
Increased stress will cause your joints to wear, and unwanted modification to the joint itself can occur. Damage and changes to the surrounding tissues can also occur. Posture involves the chain-link concept of body mechanics in which problems anywhere along the body chain can lead to problems above or below that point…everything in your body is connected! For example, low back or knee pain can arise from pelvic joint disorders. Headaches and neck and upper back pain can be caused by the head being too far forward or rearward. The fact is – bad posture can create chronic pain.
The good news is improper posture can be corrected! At Calgary Family Wellness, we use computerized assessments to accurately determine your postural starting place to begin your posture correction process.
We begin by analyzing your posture by using non-invasive surface EMG and Thermography, which will determine how well your nervous system is functioning. Nervous system function is one of the most important indicators of overall health and well-being. These scans allow us to detect how well the nerves on either side of your spine are working. By pinpointing areas of nerve interference, treatment can be targeted.
Since nerve interference usually causes tension, this assessment actually “shows” your areas of pain, and how severe they are.
Lastly, we assess your posture through x-rays (the x-ray facility is conveniently located on the first floor of our building), and we can corroborate previous findings. X-rays are used to detect spinal degeneration such as disc compression, arthritis, and other bone changes.