June 15


Poor Posture Correction with Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

By campuschiropractic

June 15, 2014

Poor Posture Correction with Chiropractic & Physical Therapy


Poor posture can predispose to osteoarthritis, disc injury and osteoporotic fracture. Good posture gives you the best chance to reduce these risks and show the confidence of someone standing straight.

In an earlier blog you would have read how up to 64% of asymptomatic people have a disc injury without knowing it. That's the equivalent of having a cavity in one of your teeth and not knowing about it. One factor for this is poor posture. If you ever had your mother tell you to stand up straight then she would have been helping you prevent this even if her main desire was for you to be more attractive. But does 'trying' to stand up straight work? Not really, as your poor posture is more a reflection of unhealthy spinal mechanics  than laziness. So what can you do about it?

The skills and tools to correct your posture are not widespread in health care professionals, you will only very occasionally find someone who properly can deal with your posture such as a chiropractor. Therefore, you probably don't know how you can make the best choice to improve how you look and perform posturally. There is definite hope from chiropractic as research shows a 50% improvement over 2-3 months in the average adult subject with spinal pain with a  specialised chiropractic care program [1][2]. This can be extrapolated out over more time towards 100% improvement.

Exercise or massage  alone is not enough for postural correction and so too adjustments from a chiropractor alone are not enough. The combination of these two can give you the ability to gain better posture. It's not a question of whether you can improve your posture, it's whether you want to. 

[1]. Harrison DE, Calliet R, Betz JW, Harrison DD, Haas JW, Janik TJ, Holland B. Harrison Mirror Image Methods for Correcting Trunk List: A Non-Randomized Clinical Control Trial. Eur Spine J 2004. Springer Online E-Pub Ahead of Print.

[2]. Harrison DE, Harrison DD, Betz JW, Haas JW, Janik TJ, Holland B. Conservative Methods to Correct Lateral Translations of the Head. A Non-randomized Clinical Control Trial. J Rehab Res Devel 2004; 41(4); 631-640.

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About the author

Campus Chiropractic & Wellness is as natural health clinic on the campus of the University of Sydney. The main services are chiropractic & remedial massage. Its current location was established in 2011 after Dr Jeremy Hammond, chiropractor, had already provided chiropractic on campus for 11 years.

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