Posture and your brain!!!!!!!

Digital-Dementia-Prevention-TipsPosture, you know what it is, you know good posture when you see it, and we all told by our parents and teachers to straighten up when we were kids. Turns out what they were telling us  was more important than we could have imagined. You see, posture is about much more than simply sitting up straight, it is a complex neurological system of checks and balances that can either work for us or against us. There is a new epidemic that has been coined Digital Dementia, and despite the very silicon valley type term, this is a very real and serious condition, and it is intimately related to posture.Digital Dementia is a term coined by neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer to describe an overuse of digital technology resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities. When we think of cognition we think of our ability to think, solve problems, or just do our work, but do you think of it as related to posture?

Poor posture is not a cause it is a symptom, it is dysfunction of various systems  in the body that are either over or under functioning. These systems include our muscles, our nervous system, even our visual system to name a few. Hours sitting staring at screens, lack of exercise, poor biomechanics all contribute to the symptom of poor posture, which then leads to other symptoms such as lack of focus, many types headaches, low back pain,visual disturbances, depression, poor balance and more. When I assess a patient whether they are coming in for low back pain, depression, headaches, balance issues, even autoimmune conditions,  they all have a postural component to their exam. What I am really checking is their nervous system and brain. Standing on one leg can tell me a bit about your cerebellum, postural distortions can give me an insight in to a part of your brain called the PMRF, other tests tell me about your sensory cortex. When I tell you that you want the parts of your brain and nervous system working well, that might just be the understatement of the year. These components of your brain affect posture, but they are also responsible for concentration, balance, respiration, mood, desire,  personality, and more.

Many of my patients, if not all,  know I often check their eyes, I assess posture routinely, and I do all types of things that seem to be in no way associated with their main issues, but you know a little bit about why I might make you stand on one foot if you have headaches, or why I may ask you to keep your eyes on my finger if you have depression, because I’m looking at your brain, I’m keeping score, literally, I assess a postural neurology score. What’s fun about that is seeing the score improve.

Take a look at your kids, your husbands and wives, your colleagues, how’s their posture. Is one shoulder rolled forward, or both, is their head over their shoulders or is it jutting out forward? Check yourself, can you stand on one leg, how’s your concentration, do you have headaches, jaw pain, depression, …? If so perhaps you should get your Neurological posture score assessed.

If you’d like to learn more call to get in for an nuero/posture exam, or keep your eyes peeled for one of our free posture workshops.

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