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Bad Posture & Chronic
patientcomes to us in pain, the first question we ask is how did
it start and how long has it been present? This is because pain is always caused by trauma.
While trauma is usually associated with severe stimulation over a very short period of time, actually
this is only one kind of trauma that we call Macro Trauma.
The other type of trauma is called Micro Trauma which unlike its counterpart, is characterized
by a slight stimulation of the tissues over a long period of time.
Macro Traumatic events generate Acute pain while Micro Traumatic events generate chronic pain.
Anyone can easily understand the cause of Acute pain, i.e. Car Accidents, Slip and Falls,
andInjuries etc. However, the cause of Micro Traumatic Chronic
Pain is more often more difficult to ascertain.
During my last 27 years of practice, I have discovered that many of my Chronic Back and Neck
Pain patients are suffering from Micro Traumas caused by bad posture in which the several consistent factors
are often present.
Common Postural Factors That Contribute
To Chronic Pain
Flat or Pronated Feet resulting in
medial knee and hip rotation, Ilio Tibial band (outside of the upper leg) tightening and pain, painful trigger
points in the buttocks and Sacro-Iliac pain.
Weakness of the core abdominal
Hyper tonicity of the hip flexor/
external rotator muscle called the Psoas Muscle.
Sway back of the lumbar spine -
the number 2 cause of low back pain!
Unequal leg lengths resulting in
uneven pelvis and sacrum. This often creates an abnormal curving of the Lumbar and Thoracic spine which
High shoulder as a result of the
Forward Head Tilt: a condition
when the head is held in a forward position of the shoulders. This creates incredible constant stress on
the cervical spine, posterior cervical musculature and contributes to the formation of sway back. Neck
pain, arthritis, stiffness and headaches are all consequences of Forward Head
In my experience of seeing thousands of patients with Chronic Pain, I would estimate 95% have
Micro Traumatic Postural Distortions.
This is extremely important because treatment for Chronic and Acute pain is very different. If
the postural factors creating Chronic Pain aren't identified and addressed, then treatment will always fall
short of achieving long term results.
During your initial evaluation, I will determine if any of the above factors are present and
consistent with your symptoms. If this correlation exits, we can then design an individualized treatment plan
to specifically address the underlying Micro Trauma that is creating your pain.
One very important tool I use is a digital analysis of your posture. From a front and side
picture of your body, the software allows me to analyze the structure of your body and pinpoint specific
areas of Micro Trauma. The software generates a digital image of you body so that we can actually see the
patterns of stress.
4 Steps To Posture Correction
Correct the foot
alignment to create a proper center of gravity thereby providing the basis of good
posture. This is accomplished using a specialized foot orthotic designed by Chiropractors specifically
for this purpose.
Retrain the spinal joints and
nerves to establish a new postural pattern. This is accomplished through Spinal
Retrain the muscles to hold
the spine in proper alignment. This is accomplished through special exercises at
Correct the Forward Head
Tilt. This is accomplished by gently stretching the head and neck in a backwards
Although individual circumstances can vary, this corrective
program generally requires about 20 sessions over a period of 3 to 4 months.
Treatments last about 15 to 20 minutes and home exercises take
about 5 to 10 minutes per day. We use the same digital postural analysis to re-evaluate every 10
In this manner, we can easily see the results of the treatment