Is Chronic Stress Affecting Your Posture?
What happens to our bodies when we are stressed? Increased heart rate, perspiration, a feeling of tension. Those are all part of the stress response.
We all go in and out of stress, and our bodies are capable of self-healing and self-regulating along the way. However, the more stuck we are in a stress response, the harder it is for our bodies to take care of this properly.
When we are physically tense due to stress, we tend to bend the body sideways and protrude the head forward to reduce the tension placed on our spinal cord. This sort of postural strain is why people are walking around with unlevel hips, shoulders and heads too far forward of the body.
A posture such as this is the result of the body’s innate intelligence kicking in to take pressure off our spinal cord. The body is trying its best to reduce tension on the cord, but this tends to affect our musculoskeletal system.
As we go through life, there are daily stresses as well as long term stresses. These affect our bodies as discussed above. If this is not addressed often, the body will continue to have strain and poor posture. This will inevitably lead to spinal degeneration and poor movements in our spines.
To re-cap: poor posture, designed from stress, innately occurs to keep the rest of our system functioning. We need the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver to function, so we can stay alive. Thus, our bodies take the toll to try and protect the spinal cord, and we wind up with back pain.
Therefore, we need to keep up regular adjustments. Adjustments allow for intact communication with the spinal cord and guide the body in to proper posture.
Call us at 587-352-6611 to schedule a full spinal assessment and get adjusted today!