Dr. Rob here! I want to talk to you all about Forward Head Posture, or FHP. FHP can be linked to many problems, including neck pain, upper back pain, low back pain, fatigue, headaches, and even carpel tunnel syndrome. Your head weighs approximately 10 pounds, and when your head is set forward, your posture follows. This causes tremendous pressure on your back. For example, every inch forward causes about 20 pounds of added pressure on your upper back. Essentially, your ears should align with your shoulders, and corrective care can help you achieve this! If you have any questions, or concerns about Forward Head Posture, contact me at www.chiropractormanhattanbeach.com.
The question for you this week is if you had to choose one thing that would add calcium to your diet, to keep your bones strong, which food would you choose?
When I ask people this question, most people would say dairy, like milk.
But what is interesting is that it is not your richest source of calcium. If we take a look at the studies, the studies say that the countries that have the highest dairy intake have the highest rate of osteoporosis and hip fractures. In essence, the people that drink the most milk will have the worst bones.
We should realize that the sources that have the richest calcium are green leafy vegetables. For example, As far as the amount of absorbable calcium, it is far better in green leafy vegetables.
In our office, there are other ways to strengthen our bones to promote bone health. You can do it by doing weight-bearing type of exercises. This will add more stress to the joints, which will cause the body to start laying down more calcium in those weight bearing joints. The weight bearing joints, such as the hips, are the most frequently fractured bones of the body where people have osteoporosis.
What we do in our office is tell our patients to walk for 15 minutes with weights. We kill two birds with one stone when we do that, because we add weights on the body in certain areas that actually add stress to the joints as well globally correct the posture. So, our patients get two great health benefits: the weight bearing stress to the joints to get more calcium plus the correction to their posture.
Check out our video above to see examples of how we add the weights to our patients.
A Word of Advice: Before you decide to get your breasts enhanced, you need to know this about your posture. If your head is set forward, and you have a hunchback type curve in your upper back, you could be at risk for more headaches, neck pain, upper back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, and degeneration! The average enhancement weighs approximately 350cc. When the weight of the enhancement is combined with the weight of your head, you are more prone to trigger points for pain and degeneration in your spine. Ultimately, you should consult a chiropractor before you consider a breast enhancement to ensure that you have proper posture. Correcting your posture before receiving your enhancement will increase your chances for a more beautiful enhancement and less problems in the future.
Hi, everyone, this is Dr. Rob, and I’m coming to you from the Wild Animal Park with a mini quiz of the day!
Q: The human neck contains seven bones. How many bones do you think are in a giraffe’s neck?
A: Seven; Just like us!
Keep charging just like my friends the rhinos!
The Journal of Geriatrics came out with a study in October 2004; what they found was that people with forward posture or a hunchback, the more their spine hunched forward and was stuck in that position, the closer to death they were. Let’s look at reasons why that could be:
If you look at Patty, she’s stuck in this forward posture. This posture is closing down on all the nerve pathways and it’s inhibiting her ability to breathe and move properly.
We’re going to do a little exercise. I want you guys to participate in this too. I want you to get into that poor posture that you usually are in front of the computer or maybe you’re stuck that way all the time or perhaps you’ve even noticed your kids in that position because of their heavy backpacks.
Go ahead and get into that posture, so you can join us and feel this. This is experiential; I want you to feel what happens in this forward head posture. Now try this: try to bring your arms all the way up and over your head. How far do you get? Notice how far Patty can bring her arms over.
Now go ahead and bring your head over center, so that your ears are over your shoulders. Now go ahead and try that again. See how Patty is able to get her arms up there with no problem? One of the things that happens with forward head posture is that it puts a lot of pressure on the nerves that feed out into the shoulder, and mechanically doesn’t allow the shoulders to open up which can lead to problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic rotator cuff strains, neck problems, and headaches.
Now try this other exercise, get back into that posture again, as if you were in front of the computer, and take a deep breath; feel how that feels. Now bring your ears back over your shoulders and see how the posture pops back up. Now go ahead and take a deep breath. How does that feel? There’s a big difference. This will cause you to be unable to oxygenate your tissues. It causes nerve damage to the nerves that feed out to the lungs and the heart, the shoulders and the hands. Just by correcting posture is a huge thing.
That’s what we do: we correct the subluxation which allows those nerve channels to open up. But, we also do things to correct the posture so it’s not a problem either. You have to do both those things to be effective. Then your body would be healthier than it’s been in a long time.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate in contacting us at Bates Chiropractic at (310) 545-4188 www.chiropractormanhattanbeach.com.
Remember, we’re having our Health and Nutrition Workshop at Fusion Sushi on Thursday, February 24th at 6:45 pm. Space is limited, so make sure to sign you and your guest up at the front desk!
You and your guests will enjoy a great meal and learn life-saving information. We look forward to seeing you there!