by Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD
Virtually every musculoskeletal complaint can be linked to bad posture, and good posture is more than standing up straight. A healthy posture has to do with muscles and how they work together to keep you upright and move against gravity.
Standing and moving about on two feet is a very uniquely human trait. Animals can stand on two feet, but not for very long. Bears, dogs, deer, and other animals can attain an quasi upright posture but they have to get back to their four-legged stance rather quickly. Animals were not designed to stand upright for long. On the other hand, the human nervous system is designed to attain and maintain upright posture for long periods and the “all-fours” posture is odd for us. However, because of the gravitational affects that can eventually break down every structure, I find it fascinating that many of my new patients have postural issues that mimic that four-legged posture suggesting that their nervous system is working in a less-than-efficient fashion; in their lives, gravity is winning.
What about your posture? Which posture do you have? Is your posture efficiently upright or is gravity winning? How do you know which posture you have? Want more information? Just ask us to check your posture. It only takes a moment and the results will affect your whole being.