Providing high quality and thorough chiropractic care to people of all ages.
Normal respiration (breathing) is a very intricate function. Poor posture has a direct link to poor diaphragm mobility, poor chest expansion, and reduced alveolar ventilation, in turn lowering your respiratory capacity.
Our diaphragm is our major muscle for respiration, which separates our lungs and abdomen. When we don’t use our diaphragm, we then have to use secondary muscles of respiration (sternocleidomastoid, scalenes, trapezius) that originate from the neck/shoulders to lift the rib cage.
DID YOU KNOW – we breathe on average 25,000 breaths a day!
Now knowing this, how are those secondary muscles going to feel? Tired, exhausted? Make you more rounded? Ultimately forcing your head further forward.
Short-term, poor posture can decrease the amount of oxygen readily available to you and cause added tension to your musculoskeletal system.
Prolonged poor posture can cause uneven weight distribution throughout your skeletal system curvatures – causing wear and tear on the bones, discs, and nerves. If unaddressed or not treated, prolonged poor posture can cause chronic pain presentations, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration of the spine and decreased nerve innervation.
No one wants to look like the hunchback of notre dame!
Poor posture, like rounded shoulders, is all too common in the front dominant society that we live in.
Poor posture does not allow full mobility of the thoracic cavity, preventing the natural bucket handle effect of your ribs – in turn, preventing full lung capacity, which your body suffers greatly from not getting resourceful oxygenation.
Our main muscle for respiration is our diaphragm, which does not get proper nerve innervation or space to move when we are slouched over.
From what we’ve learned above, posture impacts more than just our physical appearance. Correct breathing is the cornerstone to our ecosystem (body) working efficiency.
If you’d like to get your posture assessed, contact us or your local trusted Chiropractor.
Blog post written by Dr. Madeleine White (Chiropractor)