If you have ever noticed an older person with "granny hump",
then you have witnessed the problem that your body cannot fix on its own.
But you don't have to be a granny (or grandpa!) to have misalignments
that are stuck forward.
As soon as you have had a trauma is as soon as you can get misalignments
that your body cannot fix on its own.
This happens much earlier in your life than
you would think. If you ever raised kids or were around
babies and toddlers, then you have witnessed these traumas:
|rolling off the couch or bed
falling down the stairs
hitting their head
It's amazing that kids don't kill themselves just learning
Misalignments can start even EARLIER than toddler
days. The baby can be misaligned while still in Mom's
tummy! If Mom's pelvis is twisted and doesn't allow baby
to flip, then the baby's skeleton may grow contorted even
before it is born.
Then consider the birthing process itself which isn't exactly gentle,
whether it is natural OR C-section.
So even if you cannot recall a host of traumas that are responsible for
misalignments, realize that you are in the majority of people who cannot
recall their early childhood years. If you didn't have bones poking out
or need stitches, you probably weren't retold time and again of your childhood
You should be worried if you are starting to look like your grandmother
because there is a genuine MEDICAL risk to be concerned about:
A study published in
the October 2004 issue of Journal
of the American Geriatrics Society
found that bad posture can actually kill you!
Granny hump posture--medically called hyperkyphosis--correlates with increased
chance of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The people in the study
who demonstrated even a slight hyperkyphosis had a 1.44 times greater mortality
than those without this posture problem. This increased death rates due to
bad posture by almost 150% over people who DIDN'T have the bad granny hump
posture, or hyperkyphosis.
The study also found that people with hyperkyphosis were
240% more likely to die from hardening of the arteries
(atherosclerosis) and 200% more likely to die from lung-related
The authors of the study believed
that interventions specifically targeted at improving hyperkyphotic
posture could result in reduced
The adjustments we perform in our office actually target that EXACT problem.
Reducing bad granny hump posture by getting your body more upright could
reduce your chance of death due to atherosclerosis or lung disease by
a significant amount.
No amount of exercise will undo "granny hump" because there
is NO muscle behind your spine to pull you backwards!
ABC(TM) adjustments use a system of gentle leverage to allow the spine to
move BACKWARDS. Right after an ABC(TM) treatment, your spine is more upright,
without trying. It is actually HARD to slump. Patients report regaining
one-half to one inch of the height they used to have when they were younger.
And they didn't have to do complicated rehab exercises or traction to
achieve this excellent result.
This accounts for better-than-expected results for pain throughout the
body. Bringing your body more upright takes a lot of pulling and stretching
out of the spinal cord, muscles and bones.
Anterior Head Syndrome is our official terminology for "Granny Hump." And
when your head is sitting forward and your upper back is rounding forward,
you actually LENGTHEN the spinal cord.
Bones spurs or remodeling cause RUBBING on the covering of the spinal
cord as it traverses the spinal canal. This leads to calluses on the covering
of the nerves.
If you have complicated twists, you further increase the length the spinal
cord must travel, causing even more STRETCH on the nerve tissue and even
worse calluses on the covering of the nerves. This can be a source of
sclerosing as in Multiple Sclerosis.
Some of the muscles attached to the skeleton get lengthened and weak.
Others are shortened, tight and painful.
Restoring alignment in a way your body cannot fix itself removes immense
tension and stretch off of nerves and removes layer of twisted bones which
relieves the tension and resulting pain on twisted muscles and ligaments.
Since this method isn't TEACHING your spine to stay in place, you get
a permanent fix. There is NO reason your spine wishes to return to that
bad misaligned pattern. And we offer MANY strategies for fixing your sitting,
sleeping and standing posture to prevent exacerbations.
Many other structural correction techniques advocate complicated stretching
and traction to "teach" ligaments to stay in place. I have received
some patients after long courses of "corrective care," only
to find they still have pain. If you are correcting things, you should
be in less pain, unless there is some limiting factor.
We will rule out MANY limiting factors before accepting you for care.
If you haven't gotten the relief you were seeking with traditional chiropractic
care, then see what
our patients say about how we are DIFFERENT.
Because WE ARE.