29 May Can Spinal Health determine your Future?
Chances are, you are reading this on a tablet or smart phone type of device. How is your posture? Are you looking down? Are your shoulders rounded forward?
How many times during the day are you in this posture? How many hours a day do you spend in this position? Have you ever considered the implications this poor posture may have on your future health?
How does posture affect overall health in older populations?
A study published in 2013 examined 804 participants aged 65-94 years old and looked at the relationship between spinal posture and future dependence on activities of daily living over a 4.5 year follow up.
Researchers found a strong correlation between the distance of forward head posture (how far forward the subject's head was in front of the sacrum) and dependency on activities of daily living. In summary, the more defective your posture is, the more likely you are to have to rely on others to do simple things such as bathing, putting shoes on, and other daily activities.
Pay attention to your posture and continue taking care of your spine. Your posture is a window into your health, so look after your posture to in turn look after your health.
Yours in Health
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Dr Michael Bloom has a wide and varying interest in what it takes to live a healthy and happy life. He has over 20 years experience as a chiropractor in Europe and Australia and has attended over 40 post graduate seminars and courses. Currently he has a particular interest in the declining posture of society and the health implications associated with poor posture.