International Chiropractors Association Brings Increased Awareness to Central Role Posture Plays with Health
The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) encourages people around the world to take a closer look at personal posture habits and to better learn strategies and habits to avoid the constellation of problems related to poor posture, and to enjoy the benefits of healthy alignment. A vital priority in personal health, healthy posture supports proper balance for the body, alignment of the muscles, joints and ligaments, and is essential to the normal functioning of the nervous system. Everything from an overall feeling of good health to top athletic performance can be improved by good posture. And this is an ongoing concern as years go by, misalignments and postural patterns can progressively limit range of motion, increase discomfort and pain, and interfere with healthy function of the body on multiple levels.
“Healthy posture is a day-by-day activity with a lifetime of rewards,” observes Dr. George S. Curry, President of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). “It is vitally important to many aspects of our health to maintain a healthy body alignment, which affects the smooth operation of many body systems ranging from mobility to lung capacity to nerve transmission, which will compromise many interconnected facets of a person’s overall health.” Dr. Curry also noted that posture awareness and alignment affects people of all ages, and is an integral part of chiropractic; “Chiropractic care includes careful assessment of multiple factors, including bodily imbalances and life routines, and works to address and correct many important aspects of postural patterns, especially spinal alignment and lifestyle choices for improving health. The critical role that vertebral subluxation plays in posture and function is an integral part of chiropractic care.”
Communities in multiple locations around the world observe Posture Month, Perfect Posture Month, and other posture-focused awareness efforts each May, including “National Posture Month” in the US, and the ICA has each year shared informational updates on healthy posture as part of its Public Information Service Series. The International Chiropractors Association notes there are multiple factors that play interconnecting roles in affecting our posture and our health; ICA has prepared helpful insights, information and recommendations in special resource materials provided to its members and for public and patient education. “Along with important lifestyle changes to improve and support healthy posture coupled with special assessment and correction of spinal misalignments,” notes Dr. Curry, “the Doctor of Chiropractic provides important opportunities to educate individuals and their families on the importance of healthy posture and chiropractic’s role in supporting and maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system. Everything that is interrelated in health, from an overall feeling of good health and well-being, to top athletic performance and injury prevention, can be improved by improvements in a person’s postural alignment.”
Throughout its long history, the International Chiropractors Association has sought to educate and inform the public, other health care professions and health policy makers on the principles, science and clinical components of Chiropractic to advance broader recognition, understanding and acceptance of the profession as a distinct and unique healing art, science, and philosophy. For more information, visit www.chiropractic.org.