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Good Posture Matters

Good Posture

Don’t think your posture matters? Think again.  Your mother was right when she told you to “sit-up”.  The evidence is clear, your posture matters!  Here is what some have to say about the importance of your posture:

 

“Forward head posture leads to long-term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, and pinched nerves.”

– The Mayo Clinic

 “For every inch of forward head posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.”

– Kapandji

 “Loss of the cervical curve stretches the spinal cord 5-7 cm and causes Disease.”

-Dr. Alf Breig, Neurosurgeon

 “To live a long, active, energetic life, few things matter more than good posture.”

– Dr. Rene Calliet, MD

 “Posture effects and modulates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are among the most easily influenced by posture.”

– American Journal of Pain Management

 “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine.” Additionally, “90% of the energy output of the brain is used in relating the physical body to gravity. Only 10% has to do with thinking, metabolism, and healing, so when you have forward head posture your brain will rob energy from your thinking, metabolism, and immune function to deal with abnormal gravity/posture relationships and processing.”

– Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize Recipient

 How do you know if you have good posture aside from looking in the mirror?  Click here for an objective way to measure your posture.

So, next time someone says, “oh, I have bad posture” and minimizes its importance, please educate them on what that means to their overall health and wellness.  Better yet, forward them this blog. 🙂

 Be posture aware,

Dr. Jon Saunders

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