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Posture in Frisco

teens at school against wallIf the eyes are a window to the soul, then your posture is a window to your health!

Good posture not only affects your health, but how well your clothes fit, and how well you perform athletically.

What People Notice

Slumped shoulders, downcast eyes or a sagging midsection send subtle clues to others around you. Your posture is the first thing people notice about you.

Your posture often reveals underlying spinal problems such as subluxations. It harms a child’s development, impairs an adult’s mental health and compromises your health.

Thorough Examination

During our examination, we notice postural distortions such as:

  • Head tilt to one side
  • Forward head carriage
  • Lowered shoulder
  • High or rotated hip
  • Unnatural stride
  • Contracted leg length
  • Unusual shoe wear
  • Weight imbalance
Poor posture is one of the ways your body deals with stress. Notice the posture of someone who is depressed, frightened or angry! If the eyes are a window to the soul, then your posture is a window to your health!

How does poor posture contribute to lack of performance in athletes?

Poor posture can significantly impact an athlete’s performance in several ways:

  1. Reduced Muscle Efficiency: Poor posture can lead to muscle imbalances, where certain muscles become overactive and tight, while others become weak and underused. This imbalance can reduce the efficiency of muscle contractions and overall muscular performance, essential in athletic activities.
  2. Increased Risk of Injury: Athletes with poor posture are more prone to injuries. For instance, a forward-leaning head posture can lead to increased strain on the neck and shoulders, potentially causing injuries. Similarly, an imbalanced posture can put undue stress on joints, ligaments, and muscles, increasing the risk of strains, sprains, and other injuries.
  3. Impaired Respiratory Function: Good posture is crucial for optimal lung capacity and efficient breathing. Poor posture can restrict breathing by decreasing lung volume, thus limiting oxygen intake. Reduced oxygenation can lead to quicker fatigue, decreased stamina, and impaired performance.
  4. Compromised Core Stability: Proper posture is key to maintaining core stability. An athlete with poor posture may have a weaker core, which is critical for balance, power generation, and the execution of complex movements in many sports.
  5. Decreased Flexibility and Range of Motion: Poor posture can lead to tightened and shortened muscles, reducing flexibility and the range of motion. This limitation can hinder an athlete’s ability to perform movements fully and effectively, which is crucial in sports requiring dynamic movements.
  6. Inefficient Movement Patterns: Poor posture can result in the development of inefficient movement patterns. Athletes might compensate for these imbalances by overusing certain muscles or joints, which can decrease performance efficiency and increase the risk of overuse injuries.
  7. Altered Neuromuscular Control: Postural imbalances can affect the neuromuscular control – the way muscles and nerves work together for movement. This can lead to decreased coordination and precision in movements, which are vital for high-level athletic performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What therapies do you use to correct posture?

Very specific chiropractic adjustments along with targeted rehab for postural muscles.

How does each of those therapies help?

See question 1.

How long does it take to overcome lifelong poor posture habits?

That completely depends on the age of the patient, how long they’ve had posture issues and how bad they’ve gotten. It could take a few months in some cases or in older patients with more severe issues, it could actually take years of work.

Tell Me a Patient Success Story:

Background: Sarah, a 20-year-old competitive track athlete, specialized in middle-distance running. She was struggling with recurring hamstring injuries and a noticeable decline in her race times. Despite rigorous training and a strict diet, her performance continued to deteriorate.

Initial Assessment: Upon visiting a Venn Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Sarah underwent a thorough assessment. We noticed Sarah’s poor posture, characterized by rounded shoulders and a forward head position, likely due to prolonged periods of sitting for studies and inadequate postural training.

Treatment Plan: We developed a comprehensive treatment plan focusing on improving Sarah’s posture. This included:

  • Spinal Adjustments: To correct spinal alignment and reduce nerve impingement.
  • Muscle Rebalancing Therapy: Targeted exercises to strengthen weak upper back muscles and stretch the tight chest muscles.
  • Core Strengthening Exercises: To enhance core stability, which is crucial for runners.
  • Ergonomic Advice: Recommendations for posture-friendly sitting and studying habits.

Progress and Results: Within a few weeks, Sarah started to notice improvements. Her back and neck pain reduced significantly, and she felt more “aligned” during running. Over the next few months, with continued treatment and posture exercises, her running form improved, showing more efficiency and less strain.

Performance Outcome: Eventually, Sarah’s race times began to improve. She reported feeling more powerful and enduring during her runs. Notably, the frequency of her hamstring injuries decreased, allowing for more consistent training. Her improved posture not only enhanced her athletic performance but also contributed to better overall health and reduced pain.

Sarah’s story highlights the impact of good posture on athletic performance. By addressing her postural issues, she was able to overcome physical limitations, prevent recurring injuries, and ultimately, achieve her goals as a middle-distance runner.


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