When does poor posture mean more than just having a child that never stands up straight? When does it involve more than just the outward appearance? How about….. ALWAYS! Posture has nothing to do with “just” posture!
When you see a child slouching or walking around crooked, take a minute to think about the bigger picture. Take a look at the picture to the left.
Why is the left shoulder low? Is it because the shoulder is sitting lower in the shoulder socket? NO! The shoulder can only appear low if the ENTIRE upper thoracic spine has bent and compensated to allow that left shoulder to dip down. What comes out of that upper thoracic spine? The C7 through T8 nerve roots exit the spine through holes in between the bones. These nerves to go to things like the heart, lungs and stomach.
So, as our “posture” gets worse and that shoulder starts dropping lower there is a closing down of the space that those nerves have to exit. Research from the 1980’s showed that it takes no more than the weight of a dime to decrease nerve conduction by over 50%. Imagine your heart or lungs only getting 50% of the information they are supposed to! Again, posture has nothing to do with “just” posture…. It’s about decreased function!
What can be done about this? Well, every nerve in your body starts in your brain. The control centers for posture (as well as breathing, heart rate, digestion) are located at the base of the brain in the brainstem. When needed, the proper NUCCA upper cervical adjustment relieves pressure off of the brainstem. When the irritation is removed, the correct postural signal is restored.
How long does it take to see a difference? Well, how long does it take to snap your fingers? (That is how fast nerves send signals throughout the body). You should be able to look in the mirror before and after a NUCCA adjustment and see a difference. Parents are amazed at the visible changes they can notice in their child immediately following an adjustment.
But, don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a short video of Havilah, a 12 year old girl brought into our office with “poor posture”. Though her posture is much better now, hear about the bigger picture.
Now that they are out of school, summer is the perfect time to get your child checked! Schedule an appointment for your child and see if NUCCA could benefit their overall health!