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Posture correction

A 20 year University of London study of 4,200 men aged 40-59 showed a strong correlation between losing height and mortality, The researchers concluded that slouching postures caused an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and respiratory mortality.

Studies have concluded that bent forward upper to mid back curve appears to be independently associated with an increased risk of adverse health outcomes, including impaired pulmonary function, decreased physical function capabilities, and possible compression fractures. According to the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, September 2-6, 2009; over time poor posture leads to back pain, muscle aches, headaches and can lead to long term complications such as osteoarthritis. 

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“Chiropractic is about health and fitness. Chiropractic is about natural, preventive health care. What you are doing, and I have experienced this for the last 30 years myself on my own body, means that whenever I have a problem—or even if I don’t have a problem—and I go to a chiropractor, my problems are gone for a long time”

                                                       — Mel Gibson, Actor

“Have you more faith in a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world?”

           — BJ Palmer, developer of chiropractic

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

                           — Thomas Edison, inventor

Who knew that a little slouching could do so much damage?

1. Deepens depression

In a recent study from San Francisco State University, students were told to either walk down a hall in a slouched position or to skip. The slouchers reported increased feelings of depression and lower energy than skippers.

2. Causes career problems

Slouching doesn’t just hurt your attitude—it can affect how people see you. You don’t want to walk into somebody’s office slouching and bent over, because people really do perceive you as not as vital.

3. Increases risk of death and disease

A recent Australian study found that after the age of 25, every single hour of television—i.e., slouching on the couch—reduced the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. Plus, when English researchers cross-referenced sitting time with health outcomes in a different study, they found that those people who sat the most more than doubled their risk of developing diabetes and had a 147 % increase in their risk for cardiovascular disease, even if they exercised.

4. Stresses you out

A recent study from Harvard showed that when people who adopted powerful postures (open shoulders and straight spines) had a 20% increase in testosterone levels and a 25% decrease in cortisol levels—but people who slouched had a 10% decrease in testosterone and a 15% increase in cortisol. That translates into low self-confidence and high stress. And sitting slouched over can compound the problem.  Shallow chest breathing strains the lungs, which must move faster to ensure adequate oxygen flow, and taxes the heart, which is forced to speed up to provide enough blood for oxygen transport. The result is a vicious cycle, where stress prompts shallow breathing, which in turn creates more stress.

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“The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the organs and structures of the human body.”

— Grays Anatomy, the "bible" of medical textbooks

“I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”

— Tiger Woods, golfer

“Chiropractors are miracle workers”

— Arnold Schwartzenager,Actor

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