Can Chiropractic Help Reduce Postural Fatigue?

Since its inception, chiropractic deeply honored the innate healing and organizing ability of the body and that ability chiefly resides within our nervous system.  And since the part of the central nervous system most exposed to mechanical tension was the spinal cord, chiropractors reasoned that altered posture twisting and bending the spine interfered with nervous system function and our ability to self- heal.  Postural fatigue is the major result/cause of spinal misalignments.

Simply, optimized posture by reducing spinal misalignments improved health.According to the physical therapist, Paul Chek, postural muscles act predominantly to sustain your posture in the gravity field. These muscles contain mostly slow-twitch muscle fibers and have a greater capacity for sustained work. They are prone to hyperactivity.  Over time the hyperactive muscles inhibit their muscle antagonist and become weaker.  Postural creep then occurs.

In order to augment postural muscle strength the body deposits collagen fascial “tension wire cables” embedded around the muscle that are inelastic and help reduce postural muscle strain.  Chiropractors reduce postural fatigue by implementing a multi faceted protocol.

Adjustments improve spinal range of motion and excite proprioceptor nerve endings that normalize muscle tone

  1. Postural exercises substitute poor motion patterns with healthier ones
  2. Ergonomic training reduces dangerous life-style movement habits that negatively affect posture and health
  3. Fascial manipulation softens and reduces excess collagen build-up that stiffens muscles and inhibits movement
  4. (Thedon, 2011) Kinesiology tape correctly applied facilitates postural muscles

This protocol lifts posture, reduces postural fatigue, reduces joint and muscle strain, improves nervous system function, and most importantly improves health.

source; Bryant Park Wellness, by Jeffrey Linder D.C.

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