Hyperkyphosis can lead to an early death

As we get older posture  begins to decline in some, but if you take into effect the computer age , poor posture in our society is becoming an epidemic. Just go into our schools and see what our kids look like or pop into your teenagers room while they’re mindlessly staring into the computer. How heavy is your teenagers head getting in the picture to the right?

Recently, we had a 9 year old boy with slouched posture and 2 inches of head projection in a natural standing position. He suffers from asthma and ear aches. (we’ll post more on him as he progresses)

Teens are not the only vulnerable population, you are also. For every inch of head projection, you are putting 10 pounds of extra force on the spine. Two inches is equivalent to putting a 20 weight on top of your head while in a good posture.

A group that may be in an even higher risk group is women with breast augmentations. As we posted earlier about the possibilities of breast augmentation leading to hyperkyphosis, now we find a health study from 2009 Annals of Internal Medicine that points to worse possibilities. According to the hyperkyphosis study, that just the mere presence of a widows hump/poor  posture leads to early deaths without any other issues.

Posture can be corrected even in the bad environments, but first you must change the environment.

Ultimate Computer ChairHere is an example of the perfect conceptual computer environment with a base price of $2750 that can easily exceed $10,000 with the comfort package.

Since most of us don’t have 10k laying around, try these:

  1. Raise the monitor so they aren’t looking down at it (straight ahead in a nice posture)
  2. Work on correcting posture in seated and standing positions
  3. Do thoracic extension exercises that do not put strain on the spine
  4. Go to Straighten Up America  for great activities for all ages
  5. Consult your local chiropractor for help

Your chiropractor can locate and correct spinal misalignment that causes nervous system dysfunction.  Dysfunction in the nervous system can lead to poor muscle tone that regulates your posture. He or she can also recommend thing you may change in your environment that are not covered in the blog.

Act today, tomorrow is always a day away.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Palmer Chiropractic

Richmond Hill, Ga

912-756-3433

How many long term studies have been done on augmentation procedures and what is the efficacy of the procures in long term protocols?

Hyperkyphosis Study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2711520/?tool=pubmed

Hyperkyphosis Study –   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19451575

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Put down the Pills for Neck Pain – ABC News

In an ABC Broadcast – Diane Sawyer –  

Watch the Video on Youtube –

Neck Pain: Chiropractors, Exercise Better Than Medication, Study Says (Video)

When it comes to neck pain the best medicine is no medicine at all according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, followed 272 patients with recent neck pain who were treated using three different professions:

  1. Medications
  2. Physical Therapy – Home Exercise
  3. Chiropractic Adjustments

After 12 weeks the patients who used a chiropractor or exercised were almost 3 times as likely to be pain free compared to those who relied on medicine

The patients treated by a chiropractor experienced the highest rate of success with 32 percent saying they were pain free, compared to 30 percent of those who exercised. Only 13 percent of patients treated with medication said they no longer experienced pain.

“Doesn’t surprise me a bit,” Dr. Lee Green, professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan told ABC News. “Neck pain is a mechanical problem, and it makes sense that mechanical treatment works better than a chemical one.” (aka chiropractic care)

Copy of the Full Study

Conclusion of the Study – Per the New York Times on Chiropractic & Neck pain

“After 12 weeks, the people in the non-medication groups did significantly better than those taking the drugs. About 57 percent of those who met with chiropractors and 48 percent who did the exercises reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group.

A year later, when the researchers checked back in, 53 percent of the subjects who had received spinal manipulation still reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, similar to the exercise group. That compared to just a 38 percent pain reduction among those who had been taking medication.

In addition to their limited pain relief, the medications had at least one other downside: people kept taking them. “The people in the medication group kept on using a higher amount of medication more frequently throughout the follow-up period, up to a year later,” Dr. Bronfort said. “If you’re taking medication over a long time, then we’re running into more systemic side effects like gastrointestinal problems.”

Try chiropractic today.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Trace Palmer

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