It has been long known that poor spinal alignment and posture leads to a host of neuromuscular problems – headaches, neck and back pain, sciatica, and even breathing issues to name only a few.
Our current stressed-out, movement-deficient, poor-postured lifestyle. Unfortunately, the damage that occurs from poor spinal alignment generally happens slowly over time and is usually painless in the early stages. Therefore, most people only seek care after the problem has been there for a long while.
You have control over it. You can reduce your risk of being a person with a preventable health problem. There are many things you can do – eat better, move more, be more positive (reduces stress), change your positions more frequently, and many other “healthy lifestyle” choices. These will all reduce the risk of a health crisis and help with your spinal alignment and health.
But…what about preventing cervical disc herniations, wear-and-tear arthritis, pain and disability? A recent study published in the Journal Medicine (August 2019) again confirmed that abnormal spinal alignment and posture, specifically a loss of normal curve in the neck, has significant health consequences.
“…the degree of disc herniation and height of disc space can recover with the recovery of cervical lordotic curvature…indicating a link between cervical curvature and degenerative changes which have important clinical implications.”
“With the improvement of cervical lordotic curvature (neck curve), the degree of disc herniation decreased and the height of disc space increased.”
If the reversed curve (cervical kyphosis) is severe enough, the University of Maryland states that “it may cause weakness in the arms or legs, loss of grip strength, or difficulty walking due to spasticity in the legs. You may have problems controlling your bladder or bowels.”
One thing is certain – poor spinal alignment over time – results in poor health outcomes as we age.
So, what can you do to try and prevent, stop, or even reverse this? Many things!
Don’t ever let someone take your hope away, especially those who don’t understand what it takes to get well – while some things aren’t easy – they are very much achievable with time, effort, and will.