Good Posture is more than just a Tagline!
This is a recent article from the Wall Street Journal documenting the importance of good posture. I have posted the full article link below, enjoy!
It turns out your mother was right: good posture does matter.
A growing number of medical complaints -- ranging from headaches and neck pain to lower back, knee and feet problems -- may be solved by simple improvements in posture. Doctors around the country say they are seeing an increasing number of posture-related health problems, mostly stemming from the fact that more people are spending hours at a time hunched over computer keyboards.
Attention Runners-We Need to Talk About That Pain in Your Butt!
Recent case-study research indicates favorable outcomes for long-distance runners, sprinters, and athletes using hill-training as part of their cardio routine. The hamstring is used to decelerate extension of the leg or more accurately the knee. Athletes experiencing pain in the upper hamstring or glut area (often described in the area he/she sits on) can be the result of improper stretching, overtraining, or lack of conditioning. In any case, recent research indicates a possible solution with spinal manipulation to loosen the sacroiliac joint, as well as follow-up proprioceptive and strength exercises.
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2011) 10, 93-99; High Hamstring Tendinopathy"
Is Back Surgery Your Best Option?
Conservative care continues to be one of the best values for treatment of lower back pain. David Spodick, MD professor of medicine from the Univ. of Massachusetts says that surgery is ". . . the sacred cow of our health-care systems. . ." Deyo found the mean hospital cost for surgical decompression to cervical fusions ranged from $23,724-$80,888 and have seen a 15-fold increase in the past six years! If conservative care is an option for your condition, spinal manipulation along with posture rehabilitation is certainly a more affordable outcome.
Outrageous Costs for Back Pain
Allen, et. al reported that in 2010 spine-related health care expenditures exceeded $97.5 billion. It was reported by McMorland, et al that in 2010 more tan 250,000 patients underwent ELECTIVE lumber discectomies for treatment of lumbar pain in the U.S.
For more read Allen, RT. The Economics of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: the Value Perspective. Spine, 2010;35 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21160403 and
McMorland G et al. Manipulation or Microdisckectomy for Sciatica: JMPT;2010;33 http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(10)00211-3/abstract
Six Months of Posture Training Proves Effective for Reducing Lower Back Pain
-Spine, July 15, 2008, Vol. 33, No. 16
Manual Therapy Can Increase Respiratory Function
Journal of Manipulative Physiotherapy, September, 2007
By creating more intersegmental motion in the spine, you allow more air into the lungs and thus increase a functional lung capacity.
People with Back Pain Move Differently-- Even when they're not in Pain!