Are You on the Grind? Ask A TMJ Specialist in San Francisco

It’s the middle of summer, and you’re trying to juggle a hectic work schedule and vacation. To put is simply, you’re on the grind — but what kind of grind? Perhaps you or someone else has pointed out that you have been grinding your teeth, a habitual or involuntary action also referred to as bruxism, throughout the day or, more commonly, at night. Have questions? Our TMJ Specialist in San Francisco can help.

Why does our brain signal us to grind our teeth?

The human brain endures lighter and deeper stages of sleep. As it approaches deep sleep, the body releases control of different parts and organs of the body, including the jaw and tongue. The jaw becomes heavy, and the tongue can expand to almost twice its size, both blocking the airway and consequently making it difficult to breathe. Researchers have found that those who experience any blockage at night grind their teeth in order to reopen this airway.

This phenomenon presents an obvious problem — pain — but also has many other consequences. These complications include:

  • Tooth stress fractures
    • These most often appear within the earliest stages of teeth grinding and are most commonly seen on the molars. Many patients confuse the discoloration to be cavities, and without proper treatment, they lose sections of these teeth. When the severity has reached a certain level, only total tooth restoration can repair the teeth
  • Excessive exertion from the upper and lower jaw
    • As teeth become shortened, the upper and lower jaw have to compensate and come together with greater impact in order to chew. This exacerbates the initial issue
  • Eroded enamel
    • Constant clenching and grinding gradually erodes the teeth’s enamel, or the hard, glossy substance that covers the teeth
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome
    • When excessive pressure on the jaw becomes habitual, patients often are consulted for TMJ

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome

Although the jaw is the human skull’s largest bone, it can only withstand so much pressure. With that being said, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome is a condition commonly seen in patients who complain of grinding their teeth. Bones, blood vessels, and nerves comprise your TMJ, which you have two of — one on each side of your jaw.

TMJ specialists in San Francisco

Signs of TMJ Syndrome that may be cause for a visit to the chiropractor include headache, earache, chronic jaw pain, problems with chewing, and “clicking” from the jaw.

How can our San Francisco chiropractor help?

By alleviating tension in your spine (especially in your upper back and neck), chiropractors are able to eliminate dysfunction associated with pressure on nerves that are connected to either or both of your TMJs. In other words, if you’re looking for a TMJ specialist in San Francisco, we can help! ART is one specific technique that allows chiropractors to relieve these adhesions and stress in your jaw muscles. When your TMJ is able to relax and return to its proper motions, the pain will go away.

Some other suggestions from our San Francisco chiropractors:

  • Incorporate activities that eliminate stress into your daily routine
  • Disengage from electronics at least one hour prior to getting in bed
  • Address your posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping
  • Keep your teeth apart
    • Your teeth should only touch momentarily when you’re chewing
  • Avoid over-opening your jaw
    • Yawning is one of many activities that will cause you to over-open your jaw. Try keeping your tongue at the roof of your mouth while doing so to prevent over-opening
  • Wear a mouthguard
    • If you’re looking to only wear a mouth guard when sleeping, consider stabilization splints. They are flat and cover all of the teeth. These guards ease the TMJs and consequently reduce facial pain
  • Make sure that all lights are off in the room before going to sleep
    • If light is shedding into your room from the street, try using black-out curtains

If you’re looking for a TMJ specialist in San Francisco and would like to learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors, schedule an appointment today.

Corporate Wellness & Chiropractic Care: Collaborations with SFCC

As we defined in one of our most recent blogs, corporate wellness = a culture of wellbeing and productivity either observed or created in both small- and large-scale corporations. This environment is most often attributed to workplace wellness programs, which can be defined as activities or policies implemented to encourage healthy behaviors and their outcomes.

 Let’s consider some relevant statistics for the purpose of understanding the need for and impact of on site chiropractic care to generate corporate wellness amongst corporate and manufacturing manufacturing employees:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor , private industry workers who sustained a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) required a median of 12 days to recuperate before returning to work.
  • The American Chiropractic Association claims that enrolled wellness participants’ health care costs decreased by 55%.
  • Employee turnover rates decreased by 60%.
  • 89% of those who participate in corporate wellness programs reported improvement in their overall happiness and enjoyment in the workplace.
  • Additionally, a recent study conducted by Harvard University found that companies save close to $3 in absenteeism related costs for every dollar spent on corporate wellness programs.

. . . what’s the take-away?

Many Americans are suffering from musculoskeletal injuries; employers are paying for complications on account of unhealthy employees; and most don’t realize the benefit of corporate wellness programs, but the corporations that do are saving money and employees!

Corporate Wellness Programs in San Francisco SF Custom Chiro

How does SFCC participate in corporate wellness?

Scheduled chair massages, health fairs, workshops, ergonomic evaluations, onsite chiropractic treatment, and scoliosis screenings. . . the list is long and demonstrates our contributions to promoting corporate wellness across the Bay Area.

The best part about each of these services is that they don’t have to just take place at said office. Imagine the benefits that would come from bringing these programs to schools, gyms, etc. (We say this because we’ve done it!)

Here’s a brief summary of each of the corporate wellness services and offerings:

    • Chair massages → schedule us to come over to the office to administer A.R.T. therapeutic deep tissue manual therapy as well as licensed chiropractic assessment. Each chair massage is between 10 to 20 minutes long, depending on the event scheduled for.
    • Health fairs → informational tables is a great way to teach and treat a large number of people. Here, employees can fill out health stress surveys and can even learn how to test themselves for nerve damage and postural problems. The doctors present at the table can address the results of the surveys and answer any following questions.  
    • Workshops → any of the following topics can follow a timeline of anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours:
      • Stress Workshop: How to Prevent the Silent Killer
      • Nutrition for Performance
      • Preventing Injury in the Workplace
      • Natural Solutions for Chronic Back and Neck Pain
      • Sports Injuries: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment
      • Good Posture = Good Health (Interactive Posture Scans)
    • Ergonomic evaluations → evaluation process includes collecting personal history of each employee, customizing the workplace accordingly, and correcting the issues addressed in the recorded histories. Customization may include suggestion of specific equipment.
    • Onsite chiropractic treatment → SFCC chiropractors can come onsite to perform  thorough examination and treatment as well as can create exercise plans when requested and/or needed. Minimum company size is 300 employees.
    • Scoliosis screenings → doctors can review employees for scoliosis. In the case of children in school, doctors may conduct backpack fittings to make sure that the kids are adopting healthy habits. 

Although employers are ultimately responsible for much of their employees health and happiness, if you think your employer would benefit from any one of these services, do not hesitate to contact one of our assistants to walk you through the program’s logistics. It is also important to note that these services are not limited to work offices. Rather, they are also great to include in health fairs, schools, gyms, and community events.

If you would like to learn more about our customizable corporate wellness programs, visit our informational page and get in touch with us here .

What Is the Difference Between an MD and a DC?

Difference between an MD and a DC?

The notion of a “real doctor” has evolved significantly in the media. A doctor is commonly portrayed as a person wearing a white coat or scrubs and wielded with a stethoscope, able to prescribe drugs with instruction and perform surgery.

While many attempt to either dismiss or categorize chiropractors as doctors, 1:1 comparisons cannot be done. Doing so would be like comparing apples and oranges.

Doctors and chiropractors are increasingly entering a working alliance. One cannot take the place of the other. Both MDs and DCs stress optimal health but respond efficiently to different conditions. Medical treatment is often most necessary for emergency whereas chiropractic care can help best with ongoing discomfort and malnutrition.

Basic fundamental differences between the two practitioners:

MEDICAL DOCTORS

CHIROPRACTORS

Treats the patient

Treats the patient with the disease

Examines the blood

Enhances nervous system

Prescribes drugs

Decreases chances of nerve interference

Attends to symptoms

Promotes healthy bodily function

 DCs and MDs are similar in that they both have to attend government accredited schools to earn an advanced degree. It is a common myth that chiropractors fall short of medical doctors when it comes to training and education. Research has shown that the two study the same subjects and only differ in their hours of study minimally. 

Medical (hours of study)

Subject

Chiropractic (hours of study)

540

Anatomy-physiology

508

240

Physiology

326

360

Pathology-Geriatrics-Pediatrics

401

165

Chemistry

325

120

Microbiology

114

630

Diagnosis, Dermatology, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat

324

320

Neurology

112

360

Radiology

148

60

Psychology-Psychiatry

144

60

Obstetrics-Gynecology

148

210

Orthopedics

156

3065

Total

2706

Chiropractic doctors don’t just administer adjustments — they screen for conditions unrelated to the musculoskeletal system, give advice on lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness, and refer patients out to other practitioners when deemed necessary. In order to do all of the above, however, hundreds of hours of study are necessary. The misconception about chiropractic training and education stems from a universal lack of knowledge regarding the scope of chiropractic care.

A Gallup Panel study found that 49% of its participants had never been to a chiropractor. 31% of these people demonstrated little to no knowledge about chiropractic care, and 61% of them agree to an extent that chiropractic care is dangerous. This misunderstanding about chiropractic care contributes to a larger issue — people not receiving the care that they need.

It is best to consult with a chiropractor before making a decision to receive treatment as it is not the practice itself, but rather, the practitioner that will help your body recover. If you are considering chiropractic care, reach out to our team today.

 

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Deep Tissue Massage: A Top Service Provided by SF Custom Chiropractic

SF Custom Chiropractic is your one-stop-wellness-shop that offers not only chiropractic treatment but also massage therapy. This is one of our unique offerings, as many chiropractic clinics do not offer massage (similar to how a lot of massage therapists do not offer chiropractic care).

 

Deep tissue massage San Francisco

But isn’t chiropractic care enough?

If you have been a patient with SF Custom Chiropractic and if you have made an appointment to get a deep tissue massage from one of our licensed therapists, you have probably noticed that we advise scheduling an adjustment with one of our chiropractors immediately after a massage treatment.

How does deep tissue massage prime chiropractic treatment?

Massage relaxes the body and soft tissues, making chiropractic adjustments more comfortable for the patient
The environment associated with a massage soothes the patient, calming and preparing the mind for receiving an adjustment
The work accomplished by a massage prolongs the effectiveness of adjustments. Massages release muscle tension, which make muscles less likely to pull joints out of alignment

By what mechanisms do massages benefit our body, and what are those benefits?

Massages have the power to:
Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
Stretch muscles that are weak, tight, or atrophied
Stimulate lymph flow, the body’s natural defense system, and, therefore, enhance immunity
Decrease the occurrence of muscle spasms and cramping
Contribute to easier labor for expectant mothers
Ease medication dependence
Lessen depression and anxiety
Relieve migraine pain
Release endorphins
Regenerate tissues, which in turn can reduce scar tissue and stretch marks
Improve circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs

Studies have found that stress is one of the major contributing factors to the most prevalent forms of death in the United States. A positive correlation between massage therapy and health-related qualify of life exists.

If you are still unsure about the nature of and benefits of massage therapy, consult with one of our chiropractors. They can offer feedback and connect you to one of our therapists. irection and guide our massage therapist to which areas to focus their therapy on. This means that both the massage therapist and the doctors are on the same page and are dedicated to the same goal…getting you better.

To schedule your combo chiropractic and massage treatment, call us at 415-788-8700 or click here.

2017 Best of the Bay Award

Best of the Bay Award 2017 SF Custom Chiropractic

CityVoter’s Bay Area A-List has served as a template of the top rated local businesses for residents across the San Francisco Bay Area. The contest has received increasing attention each year. More businesses enter, which make the results you encounter more representative of how the Bay Area views these companies.

SF Custom Chiropractic won “Best Chiropractor” for CityVoter’s 2017 A-List contest. This accomplishment marks three consecutive years for winning this title on CityVoter’s website.

We would like to thank all of our dedicated patients, for both voting for us on CityVoter’s website as well as continuing to speak highly of our services offline. Much of SFCC’s success has come from your acclaim.

Online platforms such as CityVoter have allowed us to advertise our services to people across the Bay Area. Although spoken referrals are great, media has integrated itself into many aspects of our lives, and, so, this achievement is further evident of our competence as a chiropractic practice.

If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes of your time to review your experience at either one of our offices in San Francisco. Yelp (visit our pages within the search results to leave a review) and Facebook have especially accentuated people’s satisfaction with our practice. Prospective clients particularly want to hear from our existing patients.

Our business always encourages new ideas. Because you are the recipient of our services, we value your opinion most. Please e-mail us if you have suggestions on how to improve your own and other patients’ experiences at any one of SFCC’s locations or contact us here.

Driving & Back Pain

Think back to how your doctor has advised against sitting for extended periods of time. The same caution becomes applicable to sitting in a car for several hours. Doing so can cause back pain due to poor body circulation and, therefore, oxygen loss. Some studies have even shown a direct link between sitting and obesity as the lack of physical activity cannot control your glucose levels and increases risk of diabetes.

Back pain driving

The major problem with service men and women that drive endlessly for work is that they are seated for too long. Vibration from a moving vehicle increases contractions of back muscles, resulting in back pain, and sitting inevitably encourages the body to slouch into a C-shaped posture. Sitting this way can roll the pelvis and create strain inside its ligaments. This strain and, thus, pressure on the intervertebral discs creates a huge amount of discomfort! The curve from slouching also pushes the head forward, and your neck muscles then have to exert more effort to keep the head held up. As one could image, blood flow from the head to the neck and further down the spine becomes restricted and a serious concern for injury.

Common lower back conditions associated with sitting for extended periods of time:

Sciatica

Sciatica arises from the compression of a nerve root in the lower spine. People suffering from the condition experience numbness along the sciatic nerve in the hips, legs, and feet (even the toes!). In younger adolescents, sciatica can occur from various conditions — a lumbar herniated disc or a degenerative disc disease being the most general.

Lumbar Herniated Discs

A common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc. Herniated disks are also called slipped or compressed disks. The disks rupture and irritate nearby nerves as their jelly-like center leaks. The discs function like cushions between the spinal vertebrae and minimize the impact of motion on the spinal column. They rupture when the gel-like center comes out of its external lining and presses on the sciatica nerve roots, causing sciatica or back pain.

Sacroiliitis

Sacroiliitis refers to the inflammation of either one or both of the sacroiliac joints, which are located at the point of contact between the lower spine and the pelvis. Sacroiliitis often results in pain in the lower back and buttocks that radiates down through one or both legs. The affliction can turn worse with continuous standing or climbing staircases. It is commonly seen in conjunction with injury and arthritis.

Simple remedies for reducing back pain while driving:

  • Take a break from driving, or sitting, every three hours
  • Always bend your knees when lifting items from inside to outside of your vehicle to reduce back strain
  • Maintain a proper posture while sitting and driving

If you suffer from back pain and are looking for treatment options, request an appointment here at one of our San Francisco locations.

Advice From Top San Francisco Chiropractors: Optimizing Sleep is a Healthy Habit

optimizing sleep SF Custom Chiro

Did you compromise sleep for that presentation you had this afternoon? Or, did you stay up later last night to finish a movie you’ve been trying to fit into your schedule? These seemingly small trade-offs may have a bigger impact than commonly thought.

Getting quality sleep is as significant a factor for your health and wellness as proper nutrition and exercise. Sleep helps to make you feel relaxed, but its worth extends beyond simply elevating your mood or wiping out dark eye circles. Here are some benefits to consider:

Sleep enhances brain development and emotional wellness

While you sleep, your brain is getting ready for the next day. It creates new pathways to assist you in learning and recollecting information. Some have also thought that sleep reduces complexity to create predictions of our external environment through dreams, which our consciousness can then verify or refute — in other words, sleep and wakefulness depend on each other. In this way, sleep helps to upgrade your perceptual skills and problem-solving aptitude.

Sleep restores physical health

Your heart and blood vessels are repaired and healed while sleep. Insomnia and sleep deprivation are linked to an increased possibility of heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Insufficient sleep also heightens the risk of obesity, and studies have shown that every hour of lost sleep raises the odds of becoming obese. This can be attributed to sleep’s role in preserving the hormones responsible for fat metabolism, energy balance, and feelings of satiety.

Sleep affects your daytime performance and safety

Sleep deficiency results in decreased productivity, slower reaction time, and increased risk of error generation. Have you ever experienced a phenomenon of listening to a meeting but not retaining any information because of fatigue? This is referred to as microsleep, which cannot be controlled even though you are aware of it. This is especially a problem during more significant tasks, such as driving. Sleep deprivation has been associated to the cause of many human tragedies, such as aviation accidents and large ships grounding.

Tips from top San Francisco chiropractors for getting a good night’s sleep:

· Go to bed and wake up approximately at the same time
· Create a bedtime routine that readies your psyche and body
· Avoid consuming nicotine (cigarettes) or caffeine (coffee and sodas) within six hours of sleeping hour
· Make your bedroom quiet, dark, and at a comfortable temperature
· Be physically active throughout the day
· But, avoid exercising hours before going to bed
· Engage in relaxation techniques, such as meditation or reading, near bedtime
· Take naps in the middle of the day, or earlier

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we can help your enhance health and wellness, please feel free to get in touch.

Treating Muscle Knots With Active Release Technique (ART)

Treating Muscle Knots With Active Release Technique (ART)

Active Release Technique (ART) is one reliable and universal way that chiropractors relieve patients of their pain through working out muscle knots. ART treatment is comparable to a deep tissue massage that breaks up adhesions and scar tissue in the soft tissues of the affected area. This technique is especially popular amongst athletes for performance and sports injuries because of its ability to target and respond to different severities and locations of the muscle adhesion or scar tissue.

How does Active Release Technique work?

When using ART, a chiropractor will begin by applying manual tension on a muscle to shorten it. The client being treated then actively lengthens the muscles by making sure that the muscle tension is held in place. The treatment may cause some initial discomfort, but it provides your body with the necessary relaxation and stretch to work through painful knots.
The main goal of an ART is to reduce fibrous adhesions while reestablishing the motions between fascia and muscles. ART creates tension on a scar tissue, which is a fibrous material created by our body to bind and connect injured tissue. However, scar tissue can sometimes bind surrounding structures, which will cause a muscle to become entrapped, pulled, and pinched under that adhesion. Even nerves can get trapped within the muscle and lead to more severe pain and associated symptoms. ART targets the injured soft tissue and restores its normal function before more painful and worrisome consequences arise.

You might consider ART a massage technique, but it is a lot more than that! A professional chiropractor follows 500 specific protocols, after becoming certified, to provide you relief through ART.

How is Active Release Technique different from other techniques?

ART technique is based on the active participation of the patient. A client will move an affected part of the body while a chiropractor presses the injured area. It is this collaboration that allows a chiropractor to feel the affected ligament or muscle as it moves under their contact.

What all can Active Release Technique treat?

ART treatment is highly effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, back pain, knee problems, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and a number of others conditions that are a result of overused muscles.

What should I expect in an Active Release Technique session?

An ART session is a great balance between examination and treatment. While providing the ART technique, your chiropractor might use their hands to analyze the affected area in terms of tightness, texture, movement of muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments.

How to get Active Release Technique therapy?

Treating Muscle Knots With Active Release Technique (ART)

It is highly recommended to book your ART session only with licensed chiropractors, massage therapists, and doctors who have recent certifications in ART. A bonus to ART therapy is that it does not require any prescription, and you can easily get it by making an appointment with a certified ART provider. To book an appointment with us at one of our San Francisco Bay Area clinics, click here.

 

Pilates for a Healthy Spine: How Pilates Relates to Your Chiropractic Health

Pilates for Chiropractic Health

Guest blog post by: Maiden Lane Studios

“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” ~Joseph Pilates

Over the years the Pilates Method of exercise has become synonymous for not only toning and shaping dancer like bodies, but also easing back pain and preventing injuries. So, there are many obvious connections to your chiropractic healthcare. Many times the phrase “core strength” gets used to describe the method of movement because there is a major focus on building strength from the center of the body. Similarly, this is a term you will often hear your chiropractor use in treatment.

There is a direct link between spine health and core strength, but first let’s dive into what the core actually is.

The core is not just about abdominal muscles or having a “6-pack.” The core comprises a group of muscles in the body that should be equally balanced and strong. These muscles are: the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominals, the obliques, the low back extensors, and the glute muscles. Essentially, the core is just about everything except the arms, legs, and head.

Pilates for Chiropractic Health

Pilates is a system of exercises that focuses on building strength from the core first. It places emphasis on working around what is called “neutral spinal alignment,” basically meaning that the anatomical correct alignment of the spine is the main focus on where strength is developed. This helps with the awareness of posture and how we sit and stand. When strength is built from this alignment, improperly overloading the joints with body weight (commonly seen in the low back) is significantly reduced, which helps to alleviate pain and the potential for future injury. As you can see, there are many similarities between the benefits and goals of Pilates and chiropractic work. There is also a focus on syncing the breath with movement that helps to develop a deeper mind to body connection and better body awareness.

Whether back pain or stiffness is present, or if you are looking to prevent the onset of injury, Pilates is a great option for exercise. If you are in the San Francisco area, consider checking out Maiden Lane Studios. Or, if you are ready to add massage or chiropractic care to your treatment regime, please get in touch to schedule an appointment with SF Custom Chiro.

The Importance of Proper Posture: Top Bay Area Chiropractor Explains Why It Matters

Ever wonder why proper posture is so important? San Francisco chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs, explains how correct spinal posture can prevent a variety of potential problems and improve your overall health.

Let’s admit that we all are guilty of neglecting the importance of good posture in our overall health, time and time again! We all are repetitively at fault when sitting in an office chair, sleeping and so on. While the side effects may not be visible initially, a bad posture definitely takes a toll on our overall health.

Proper posture is as important as eating a nutritious diet. In fact, at our San Francisco chiropractic offices, we often tell our patients that perfect posture trains your body to place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movements or daily activities. It helps maintain the wellness of the nervous system and the spine.

Why having a proper posture is so necessary?

Besides presenting a good appearance, there are various advantages of a good posture. These are:

  •         Prevents the spine from getting fixed or stuck in abnormal positions.
  •         Lowers the stress on the ligaments that holds the spinal joints together
  •         Maintains the correct alignment of the bones plus joints for the proper use of muscles and nervous system
  •         Reduces the abnormal wearing of the surfaces of joints that may cause arthritis.
  •         Prevents backaches as well as muscular pain
  •         Opens up the lungs for allowing more oxygen supply inside the body that moves into the muscle and brain cells and augments your overall energy level.

Keeping a good posture means maintaining an alignment of every body part with its adjacent parts. A proper posture restores the balance and support of all parts. When standing, your exact standing posture should look similar to sketching a straight line from the earlobe, over the shoulder, knee, hip and right into the middle of the ankle.

However, what actually happens if you fail to flaunt a proper posture? Let’s find out.

How bad posture might interfere with your health?

One of the most serious problems involving bad posture can be developing a kyphosis or scoliosis spinal curvature which slowly impacts the spine to alter its normal positions. The human spine has four natural curves that create an “S” shape in the coronal plane. Too much curve in the mid back can lead to a condition called hyperkyphosis, or a buffalo hump.  Too much curve laterally in the sagittal plane can lead to scoliosis. Since bad posture alters the spinal alignment, the resulting motions are negatively affected leading to subluxations that result in less blood supply and altered nervous system response. 

Bad posture leads to serious problems within the skeletal system as skeletons are the support system of our entire body. Slouching or slanted postures lead to rib compression and curving of the spine. The rigidity of the rib cage makes your lungs to not expand fully. This leads to a lack of oxygen supply that impacts your entire body’s systems.

The cervical spine or neck tends to feel the burden from bad posture first. Neck pain leads to tension that radiates lower to the shoulders and upwards causing headaches. Our muscular system works in tandem with the skeletal system to facilitate movement and posture. It helps us to maintain our body positions against the force of gravity and allows us to generate movements.

·         Posture and your digestive system

Ever thought that a bad posture can impact your digestive system? Well, yes, it can! An imperfect posture accompanied by a lack of exercise and, in some instances, obesity can weaken the stomach muscles that generally hold the pelvis in its exact position. Weak muscles denote that the pelvis is tilted forward which aggravates poor posture and causes pain while standing erect.

An abnormal slouched posture has been found to be a contributing factor to digestive issues like acid reflux or hernias. The most convenient way to strengthen the abdominal muscles and provide back support is through perfect posture.

·         Posture and your cardiovascular health

Your breathing becomes easier and deeper with good posture. You will feel less fatigued as a good posture gives you higher oxygen levels and greater energy boost.

With all that being said, how would you know what a proper posture is? Let’s find out.

 

How should the proper posture look like?

·         The proper sitting posture

A good sitting posture comprises of an erect spine and head with the maintenance of the three natural back curves. A slumped sitting posture and a slouched position with head forward reflect a bad posture.

While sitting in an office chair, keep your back aligned against the office chair back. For lengthy sitting make sure that the chair is ergonomically crafted to provide back support and is custom fit. We also recommend Intelliskin (which can be purchase through our shop page) if you find it hard to have good posture on your own while sitting at your desk.

·         The proper standing posture

Always stand with your weight placed mostly on the balls of your feet and not on the heels. It is highly recommended to position your feet slightly apart, approximately at shoulder-width. Let your arms hang naturally down adjacent to your body. Always stand straight and tall with your shoulders upright and refrain from locking the knees.

Tuck a bit your chin to maintain the head level and make sure that the head is square above the spine and not pushed out ahead. If you are standing for a lengthy period, then rotate your weight from one foot to the other or move from heels to toes. While standing it is important to keep your ears, shoulders, hips, and ankles in a vertical line. Generally, by raising your chin up you help to resolve standing postural problems.

·         The best posture for your knees

A proper knee posture safeguards your thigh and lower leg bones. While sitting keep your knees bent at a right angle slightly above than the hips. Your ankles should be placed slightly ahead of your knees. While driving also, your knees should be slightly higher compared to your hips.

How to determine if you have a good posture?

Simply, have a self-examination called ‘mirror exam.’ Stand in front of a full-length mirror and observe whether:

  •         Your shoulders are at level and your head is straight.
  •         Your hips are level and your kneecaps face directly ahead and you have straight ankles.
  •         Also, see that the spaces between your arms and side appear equal.
  •         Ideally aligned feet and ankles would face forward instead of turning inward or outward.

 

Various integrative therapies are also employed to reduce pain through healthy posturing. The Gokhale method created by Esther Gokhale employs the procedure of perfect posture and movement to eradicate back, muscle or joint pain and return back to a pain-free life.  It also helps you to tackle muscle and joint degeneration and augments your stamina and flexibility. The tools help you to regain your natural posture.

Over to You – Is it times to schedule an appointment with a local San Francisco chiropractor?

We hope that the above-mentioned points were successful in letting you know the importance of a good posture. It is thus highly recommended to visit a chiropractor if you spot any posture issues.  If you are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and would like to book and appointment with one of our specialists, contact us here .