Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Posture, Upper Cervical, Proper Function
The below abstract is relevant to Upper Cervical Care in the sense that when head/neck misalignment is corrected the body assumes a more optimal posture. Just another way, from a mechanical perspective, Upper Cervical Care benefits the body and helps with conditions at sites far removed from the upper neck.
POSTURAL AND RESPIRATORY MODULATION OF AUTONOMIC FUNCTION, PAIN, AND HEALTH
John Lennon, BM, MM, C. Norman Sheeley, M.D., Roger K. Cady, MD, William Matta, Ph.D., Richard Cox, Ph.D. and William F. Simpson, Ph.D.
AJPM 1994; 4:36-39 (American Journal of Pain Management)
Despite considerable evidence that posture affects physiology and function, the significant influence of posture on health is not addressed by most physicians. In fact, neither comprehensive postural nor structural evaluation is a routine part of training in physical diagnosis, and most osteopathic physicians do not describe postural/spinal mechanics in their usual patient evaluations.
Observation of the striking influence of postural mechanics on function and symptomatology have led to our hypothesis that posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to normal hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture. The most significant influences of posture are upon respiration, oxygenation, and sympathetic function. Ultimately, it appears that homeostasis and autonomic regulation are intimately connected with posture. The corollary these observations that many symptoms, including pain, maybe moderated or eliminated by improved posture.