What do Chiropractors Look For in a Posture Screening?

Mom was right, your posture is important. In addition to helping your body’s weight evenly distribute itself, good posture is key for maintaining proper spinal alignment, putting equal amounts of stress on your hips and legs, and improving your overall health and well-being. Not only that, but good posture makes you taller! When you undergo a posture screening at a chiropractic center, your chiropractor is analyzing a variety of things that can give him or her a clear picture of any underlying issues that may surface in the form of recurrent pain or chronic discomfort. Here are a few things your chiropractor is looking for when you have a posture screening.

Spinal Wellness

Since your spine is essential to the functionality of your entire body, it’s an understatement that is important to make sure it is in proper working order. Your chiropractor will look at the vertebrae, discs, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons that make up your spine and assess whether there is anything that is misaligned, injured or damaged. By analyzing your spine as a whole, your chiropractor can pinpoint the source of any chronic pain you are experiencing more accurately, making for more effective overall treatment.

Abnormal Curvature

Scoliosis, which is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, is a relatively common condition among teenagers. Scoliosis can be corrected through surgery or a brace, and in most cases the patient is able to recover fully and go on to have a correctly-aligned spinal column. A posture screening can serve as an early detector of any abnormal curvatures of the spine caused by scoliosis or other conditions of the spine, which can make treatment faster and more successful.

Specific Back Pain Detection

If you are experiencing pain that cannot be easily explained, a posture screening may be able to detect the underlying cause of your discomfort, making treatment more effective. The pain may not even be related to your spine: in many cases chronic headaches, digestive problems or poor circulation can be caused by a root problem stemming from your spinal alignment.

Get Your Posture Assessed by Our Longview Chiropractors

If you are interested in scheduling a posture screening and live in or around the Longview, WA area, contact Family Chiropractic Care today! Dr. Still and his friendly staff of skilled professionals can get you on the right track to a pain-free life with a simple posture screening to detect any issues you are having. Call today to ask about posture screening and how it can benefit you.