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Spinal Decay Related to Poor Posture

Today’s post is related to something that affects millions of aging people every year. 

It’s a process that is somewhat visible from the outside, but we don’t always know it is occurring until we start to feel the long term effects or can see it from the inside via x-ray, MRI, or CT scan.  Our parents, teachers, friends, & siblings may say a thing or two about it, but until we understand by seeing the process or feeling the effects of what is occurring; we may not do anything about it until it is too late!

The process I’m referring to is called…

Spinal Decay or Spinal Degeneration

Spinal degeneration ( or decay) is the process that occurs over time when the joints of the body begin to break down, usually through wear and tear.  Injuries, like whiplash in a car accident or sporting collision, are common contributors to this condition.  These one-time events, if left untreated for a prolonged period of time, can lead to future breakdown of the bones and discs of the spine.  If you’ve ever heard of the term “arthritis”, that is what is occurring in the spine.

Maybe you’ve never experienced whiplash or other high speed collision.   That does not exclude you from getting spinal degeneration.  In fact, the majority of spinal tissue breakdown today is due to habits we exhibit each and every day. 

That is right!  I’m referring to your habit of…

BAD POSTURE!!!

But I don’t have bad posture you say!!  How do you know?  Have you ever been checked? 

No, you say?

Why not?

It’s very easy to do.  Just stand in your normal relaxed state and have someone take a digital picture of you from the side, front, and back.  As a matter of fact, have them take a picture of you from both sides and then compare the two.  Ideally, if they can measure the distance (in inches) from the middle of your shoulder to the hole in your ear, that would be even better. 

Things to look for:

  • Does your butt stick out?
  • Does your head shoot forward?
  • Are your shoulders rounded in?  If so, is there the beginnings of a hunched back?
  • Do you only see the back of your hands when facing the camera?
  • Is one shoulder higher than the other?
  • Is your head turned or tilted?

Hopefully, if you do this, you will not see any of the above.  Even the hole in the ear 1 inch in front of the middle of the shoulder is too much!!!

Check Your Posture Right Now

Ok, go ahead.  Have someone who cares about you do it right now.

I’ll wait.

…Seriously, I’ll wait.

Oh, this is silly and not important to you?

Here.  Watch this video.  While watching understand that due to today’s innovation, such as computers (desktop, laptop, tablets, smart phones, kindle readers,…) more and more people and younger and younger people are having this process occur at an accelerated rate.

Watch now:

Did you see it?  What happened?  Understand that these are x-rays of someone taken over a period of years and transposed over each other to show the process.

My first response was to ask…was this person informed that the process occurring is preventable and reversible if caught early enough? 

My second question was…if they were informed, how much did they get compensated to allow their spine, and health, to decay at an accelerated rate?

Finally, if they were not informed of what was occurring, could they file a lawsuit against the researchers in this study? 

Maybe they did this for the sake of society, so millions, I mean billions,  of people wouldn’t allow this process to occur in their spines?

Maybe they were overly optimistic that spinal transplants and brain transplants would be a viable procedure for them after the study was over and they could start fresh? 

Whatever the case for them may be, I won’t ever know.  The good news is, if this process is going on in your spine and it is only in the early stages,…you can still do something about it. 

What can you do about it? 

Stay tuned for my next post!!

Until then…watch your back…all of it.  That would be from the top of your head to the tip of your tailbone!!