Alternate Title: Poor posture is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
Back from part 1, here we go again.
With all that having been said – being neurotic about who gives you advice on your health, and what you end up doing doesn’t make me any more money than I do seeing you as a chiropractic patient. So how am I going to make any money? Well, getting regular chiropractic care is important. Your spine needs to be able to move in a full, happy and unimpeded range of motion for your body to express its’ optimal level of health. If you’re eating well, exercising intelligently and de-stressing, the results we see are going to be much better – which means that hopefully you’ll want your friends and family to go to someone that cares about them as much as I care about you. It’s a lot more work, but it allows me to make a living while still being able to sleep at night.
Working at a Crossfit gym, the folks I see generally have a great grasp of the fitness/exercise side of things and a good idea of what they’re supposed to eat. What I do see a lot of, is shoulder pain, elbow pain, low back pain and mid back stiffness (usually the mid back isn’t painful unless mobilized gently). These are all an effect of postural adaptations that are no bueno. These postural adaptations lead to motion restrictions (limited range of motion), muscular imbalances, injuries and more work for you. You don’t need or want this type of thing affecting your life and performance.
As an example, consider what’s required to take care of a car. If you run out of oil, you can’t just fill up your gas tank with premium gas and hope for the best, you need to have oil, and brake fluid, good tires, etc. for the car to operate at its’ best. In regards to range of motion (afforded to you via chiropractic), your Ferrari can only go fast if you can push the gas pedal down all the way. If there were a brick underneath that gas pedal, it’s going to affect how fast that car can go. You can eat a perfect diet, exercise well and live a low stress lifestyle, but you still aren’t as healthy as you COULD be if you were doing all those things AND seeing a chiropractor.
Range of motion, optimal positioning and good posture all are interconnected endeavours. You can muscle through crap posture to achieve full range of motion, but it won’t get you to the level of fitness you want, and you’re wasting WAY too much energy doing it. If you follow the elite crossfit athletes (or even if you just know who they are/what they look like) you might notice something they all have in common – great posture, efficiency of movement and effortless full range of motion.
Forcing your way through impeded range of motion (folding in half with a crap shoulder position makes overhead squats hard eh?) is not the intelligent way to do things. Stretching the appropriate areas, seeing a great athletic therapist, and getting adjusted regularly will help you achieve better positioning – making the movements more efficient, less work, and less likely to cause injury. You’ve already made the choice to exercise intelligently and (hopefully) to eat well. Make these choices as well.
Making good choices is the bedrock of great health and is the ultimate sign that you’ve made sustainable change. What you CAN’T do, however, is cover up bad choices with good ones. The late Mitch Hedberg once said,
“That would be cool if you could eat a good food with a bad food and the good food would cover for the bad food when it got to your stomach. Like you could eat a carrot with an onion ring and they would travel down to your stomach, then they would get there, and the carrot would say, “It’s cool, he’s with me.””
It would be nice if things worked that way, but they don’t. You can’t workout really hard for a month and a half, and then spend the rest of the year sitting on your butt. You can’t workout at the gym, but eat crappy food and be stressed out all the time and not sleep and expect to see results. You can’t see a chiropractor, but never move your body and expect results. We (chiropractors, athletic therapists, and other manual therapy options) give you access to a full range of motion, but we don’t provide the movement to those joints. You do. Address your posture, get adjusted regularly and stretch your business. Make good choices – your body will thank you.
Dr. Adam Ball