How the way you carry your head is related to your feet.

Forward head carriage and the feet.

kinetic chain
The body is an interconnected chain of segments (much like a "Slinky" toy), with its base in the feet.  Feet or spinal instabilities can contribute to observable postural distortions.  Postural distortions (forward head carriage while slouching or not standing upright) can occur from ergonomic problems unrecognized while sitting or standing. 

    The ideal neck and head posture in the standing position requires the coordination of the skeletal structure, soft-tissue integrity, and neurological control to resist adverse gravitational loading forces.  Foot stability can play in the maintenance of proper neck and head posture.  

Faulty foot biomechanics can have a negative impact on all the supporting joints above the foot-ankle complex.  In particular, an unbalanced foot foundation may, over time, contribute to a postural anterior translation (forward head carriage) in the head and neck, causing a hyper-curvature (hyperkyphosis) of the middle-upper back and neck.  

We at The Placentia Chiropractic Center are able to adjust your feet into proper alignment all the way up to your neck, helping you improve the gravitational forces into the joints, thereby helping you with pain, poor posture, and stagnant circulation.  Improved alignment will mean less pressure and/or friction into the joint surfaces, which can potentially prevent degenerative joint disease.  

ideal sitting posture

    Upright proper posture with sitting or standing offer humans a highly functional form of motion, but can also promote a different variety of stressful forces on the connective tissues of the body if not in alignment.  Our bodies are built for mobility rather than stability as it is unhealthy to sit for longer than one hour in the same position.  Due to the computer era, people over time have assumed a less consistent, less dynamically optimal biomechanical physical stature on a daily basis.  

standing posture

A 2012, well-publicized study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys revealed that 50-70 percent of people spend six or more hours each day sitting.  A sedentary lifestyle and/or compromising posture places strain on the ligaments, tendons, muscle fibers, fascia, cartilage, and bone in an attempt to maintain equilibrium of the body.  

Is it any wonder that recent studies have linked the "sitting disease" to an increased number of cancers, obesity, diabetes, and premature death ?  Many painful, disabling conditions of the soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system are directly or indirectly related to posture in standing, walking, moving, lying, sitting, bending, or lifting.  Being evaluated and adjusted by a Chiropractor is essential to overall biomechanics and joint heath.  Habitual poor posture and biomechanics can play a significant role in a person's pain and disability.  

Spinal and foot biomechanics at a certain joint (crooked or subluxated)- can influence movement at other joints in the chain.  This concept of a chain also applies to the body in a motionless, standing posture;however the term "biomechanical static chain" is more appropriate since directed movement is not involved.  In either case, the chain extends from the feet through the ankle, tibia, knee, femur, hip joint, pelvis, and spine- right up to the head.  The integrity and effectiveness of this chain depend on a fine balance of body alignment and muscle activity at each joint against gravity.  Stability is achieved when the center of gravity of each segment is aligned directly over the center of the supporting joint. When the body is erect and weight evenly distributed between the feet, there are minimal demands for muscle action because there is no forward motion or forward gravitational pull, causing discomfort.  Postural balance means a continuous involvement of the supporting skeletal structure and muscles.  Receive your Chiropractic adjustment today !
Reference: Dynamic Chiropractic (Aug.2016)

Yours in good health,
Dr. Rotuna DC

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