Hi, this is Dr Ned McArthur.
Recently someone asked me, “Posture is good and all, but is it really that important?
It’s important if you have back pain, dizziness, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, neck pain, sciatica or shoulder pain.
Studies have also found that poor posture will affect your digestion, increase cardiovascular issues and lead to varicose veins.
So if you want to eliminate pain, increase energy and live the life you want, then yes, posture is important.
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Let’s first talk about all of the parts of our brain that produce proper posture.
The first and foremost is what’s called the ponto medullary reticular formation or abbreviated PMRF.
Let’s break that down, so as to explain it. You’ve got your brain and then below that is the brain stem. The brain stem is the connector between the brain and spinal cord.
There are three parts to the brain stem. The mesencephalon or mid brain on top. In the middle is the pons. The bottom section of the brain stem is the medulla oblangata or just simply, the medulla.
So the ponto medullary reticular formation is a bunch of nerves between the pons and the medulla.
One of it’s primary functions is inhibiting or turning off anterior muscles or muscle in the front of your body. Just looking at yourself you can see that your bigger muscles are on the front of your body and if you didn’t have this you would be stopped over because the large front of the body muscles would be pulling you that direction.
What is bad posture? It’s a stooped, leaning forward or slouched position. What prevents that from happening? The PMRF.
Now there are times when we need that position for whatever it is we’re doing. When we start doing that on our own a lot, say when we’re looking at our mobile device excessively, we start to “turn off” that signal from the PMRF, so when we want to sit or stand up properly, we can’t.
So if we want to have better posture we need to activate the PMRF to send it’s signals again.
This is just one aspect of posture.
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I met with a gentleman this past week. He told me he was hoping for a miracle. As one who provides Orem neck pain relief, I often hear this.
He wanted relief from his pain, that he had been experiencing for weeks and he wanted me to relieve it in one day or in about fifteen minutes to be exact.
We all want the quickest results, with the lowest amount of work, and with as little financial investment as possible. I get that. When I visit with professionals who help me with my health and the health of my family, that’s what I want too. I get it.
As the the clinician it’s kinda frustrating because, in this case this man has already diagnosed and given himself a treatment plan. When the reality of his condition is more serious than that and thus I’m not able to meet his predefined diagnosis and treatment, he says, “It still hurts here.”
If there is anything I’ve learned in my years of clinical work is that pain and symptoms are like icebergs. Icebergs have a part that sticks out above the water and there is a larger unseen part under the water.
Neck pain is the part we can “see”. When we look at it it’s not very big and so we tend to think solving should be easy, “like today, already!”
That’s not to say that every symptom has a serious root cause requiring extensive treatment and large costs. Not at all.
Our age, lifestyle, health history, among other things, determine how large the unseen part of our condition is.
I was reminded of this when I read this article.
The authors found that people with chronic neck pain walk with reduced trunk rotation, especially when challenged by walking with their head positioned in rotation. Reduced rotation of the trunk during walking may have long term consequences on spinal health.
So in this case neck pain is the symptom, but the cause is more related to trunk rotation and walking.
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