The Devastating Effects of Poor Posture

Poor Posture = Poor Health


The International Posture Association recommends everyone should have yearly posture checks from the age of 6. Why?

It is because poor posture has a devastating effect on your health – especially forward head posture.  Does this look like you, or someone you know?

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Over 100 years ago two doctors at Harvard Medical School performed hundreds of autopsies and determined 99% of all disease was down to ‘bad posture’ putting undue mechanical pressures on muscles, joints, internal organs and blood vessels.

20 years later, another American doctor, Henry Winsor, was more specific, finding a 96% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.

More recent research has confirmed these early findings, that poor posture is related to disease and a shorter life.

Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.

-American Journal of Pain Management 1994, 4:36-39

Forward head posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, and pinched nerves.

-Mayo Clinic, Nov 3rd, 2000

The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for healing, metabolism, and thought.

-Roger Sperry, Ph.D. (Noble Prize in Physiology)

Some poor posture relates to birth injuries, so although the International Posture Association recommends checks on posture form the age of 6, some would argue it is worth having spines checked from birth.

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What you Can Do About Your Poor Posture Right Now

If you are nearby then you can take advantage of our free posture screening.  Call the clinic on 01707 662 704 and we will fit you in for a 15 minute check, in which we will give you the most up to date advice specific to your postural strains.

If you are not local, then this may be for you…

The ‘At Home’ Forward Head Posture Correction Exercises

For many years I had planned to create my own exercise program for patients, but I have recently found someone else has already done a great job.

Fill in your details below to get access, and I will send you my ‘Good Posture Report’ for free, and keep you updated with the latest findings and tips to improve your health.

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