Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Redmond Ridge Chiropractic
Posture and Health
First of all I want to thank one of my avid readers for providing me with a news article that sparked my research into this subject. For privacy reasons, I cannot reveal their name but you know you who you are and I extend my heartfelt gratitude. Posture can affect your health in many aspects. This article will go into several studies from Harvard University regarding this very issue.
Let’s start with sitting. Ergotron, a manufacturer of mounted digital displays had a study conducted. According to the study over 86% of Americans sit all day for work, despite the fact that 70% of Americans hate sitting all day. Geneticists state that we are genetically designed to stand and not sit. Additionally recent studies in manipulative therapy conclude that sitting puts more stress on the human spine than standing.
According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine sitting for long periods of time increases the odds of an untimely death. The more hours people in the study spent sitting at work, driving, lying on the couch watching TV, or engaged in other leisurely pursuits, the greater their odds of dying early from all causes, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer – EVEN THOSE PEOPLE WHO EXERCISED REGULARLY.
According to a study by Harvard Business School Professor Amy J.C. Cuddy & her research partners, certain postures could make you feel more powerful by affecting your hormones levels.
High-power poses—standing upright and slightly extended, might help you feel more confident. This could lead to improvement of general health and well-being according to recent research. In contrast, low-power posers—people who hold contractive postures such as folding arms or hunching forward are more likely to feel powerless. The research project looked at the hormone levels of each person in each pose. The study showed a very significant change. Proper posture can help you have more confidence, more energy, and a happier mood by ACTUALLY CHANGING YOUR BODY CHEMISTRY.
1. Get a standing workstation for home and work. If you have to sit at work, take frequent breaks – get up and move around.
2. Have your posture checked by a Chiropractic Physician. Through Chiropractic adjustments, ligamentous traction and specific neuromuscular re-education exercises your posture can be improved.
3. Make sure you know what your posture actually is before trying to change it. Otherwise you could actually make it worse.
After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer. His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner. If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.