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Posture and Health: A Blindspot in the Healthcare System

Posture affects…every physiologic function from breathing to normal hormonal production!”

“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…”

“Observation on 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. The most significant influences of posture are upon respiration, oxygenation, and sympathetic function (i.e. The nerves that control all your organs).

In addition, spinal pain headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture. Ultimately, it appears that homeostasis and autonomic regulation are intimately connected with posture. Many of these symptoms, including pain, maybe moderated or eliminated by improved posture.”

Postural and Respiratory Modulation of Autonomic Function, Pain, and Health. John Lennon, BM, MM, C. Norman Sheeley, M.D., Roger K. Cady, M.D., William Matta, Ph.D., Richard Cox, Ph.D. and William F. Simpson, Ph.D. American Journal of Physical Medicine, 1994; 4:36-39.

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