The natural “S” and the Dangerous “C”, are terms used by chiropractors to describe the curvatures of the spine. The natural “S” is used to describe the normal shape that the spine is supposed to develop as you grow from a child into an adult, this particular shape allows the body to function at its best and allows for shock absorption to protect the bones and spinal cord.
The Dangerous “C” is becoming more common with people sitting for longer periods of time, not being active and the progression of technology. The “C” shaped spine is what you would picture when someone says they have bad posture at their desk at work. Also known as student posture. With the advances in technology people are sitting at computers for hours at a time with poor posture and when not at a computer they are looking down and their phone.
The “C” posture puts the spine under great pressure, as every centimeter the head moves away from the normal center of gravity, the harder the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back have to work to keep the head up, the average head weighs 5 kilograms which equates to around 8% of the total body mass. This strain on the spine can lead to lower back pain, neck pain and headaches. By having correct posture to keep your spine in its natural “S” shape you can prevent back and neck pain.
Bad posture not only affects your spine, it affects your circulation, mood, digestion, stress levels and can make you feel fatigued. This is way it is important to look after your spine from a young age, as pain often takes years to develop, you can have poor posture for many years without noticeable side- effects but after years of wear and tear you can develop pain from what seemed like a simple movement. This is due to the weakening of muscles and ligaments that should be used to protect the back from pain in an “S” shaped spine.
If you would like to learn the best ways to maintain a healthy posture the best way is to be assessed in our office. Get in touch today to find out how our Dublin Chiropractors can help you.