Spinal and Postural Screenings
Postural and spinal screenings are important tools for discovering neuromusculoskeletal problems before they cause serious issues. This quick screening process can uncover spinal alignment and posture issues you did not even know you had before they develop into chronic back or neck pain or injury.
The human body is designed to have the pelvis, rib cage, and head balanced upon each other. When someone does not have good posture, the spine can deviate from its normal and healthy position. Abnormal posture has been associated with the development and progression of many spinal injuries and diseases, including:
- Disc injury
- Muscle injury
- Lifting injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- Chronic headaches
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder injuries
Poor posture in the adolescent years has also been found to be a major cause of early arthritis and chronic pain in adulthood.
A posture screening has two components: a static and dynamic postural analysis. The static analysis involves assessing mobility and pain issues by evaluating a patient’s pelvic tilt, anterior pelvic tilt, elevation posture, and rotation posture.
Dynamic postural analysis checks if there are any alignment issues while the patient is in motion. In many cases, the body changes the way it moves to compensate for deviations in spinal alignment. For example, improper spinal alignment can cause you to redistribute your weight and favor one leg over the other. These changes can cause pain in other areas of the body by pulling ligaments, tendons, and muscles out of alignment when you move.
This screening will require you to:
- Raise your hands above your head
- Stand on one leg
- Sit on the edge of a seat, stand up, then sit down again
- Attempt a push up
During the dynamic postural screening, your chiropractor will check that your shoulders are even and your legs are the same length and check how you hold your head.
At ChiroFit, we offer spinal and postural screening to detect and correct posture problems before they result in serious health problems. Spinal and postural screenings are like other screenings such as blood pressure checks to ensure you do not have spinal misalignments that are affecting your health. Many issues detected at a screening can be corrected within a few sessions with a chiropractor.
Contact our office to schedule a spinal and postural screening. We offer screenings for places of employment, health fairs, and individuals.