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September 22, 2012

In a conversation this morning with Dr. McKay, we were discussing the relationship between Lumbar spine postures and their effect on C spine postures (or vice versa)…

We were noticing how when a patient has Posterior weight bearing, usually the typical sequelae that accompanies it is forward head posture! 

Now both have their dangers…  When your low back is positioned farther back than it should, it will shut down the space where your nerves come out, putting pressure on those nerves, causing your low back pain…. maybe even pain down your legs!

You should really get that fixed.

Now, on the to the C spine posture that will cause noticeable detriment to your physical and emotional health.

Forward head posture, or as we like to call it “death by chair”, echoes its nickname.

Decreasing forward head posture should be one of the first items evaluated by a Chiropractor.  The impact of forward head posture or FHP starts early, usually with the start of a student’s bookbag.

Then it will progress to the invitation in front of the computer and television. 

All of these extended time postures will cause FHP.  Remember C spine nerves come out of your neck and go to your face, arms, heart, lungs, liver… etc! 

Increasing the pressure on the neck nerves will cause symptoms such as, neck pain (obviously), headaches, shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome…When it comes to your organs that those nerves go to, symptoms include… sinus problems, dizziness, ear infections!…, vertigo, ringing in the ears, sore throat, heart palpatations (left vagus nerve,… trust me its right), heartburn, nausea… the list continues.. I’m sure you get the point!

Clearly the importance of finding out what your spine looks like, can mean the difference in many different health conditions.

This is why do not wait for pain to exert itself… get your spine checked today, seriously.



Dr. Shaun E. Rinow



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