We are always seeking new technology to help me and my patients have a better outcome from our care. One of the newer technologies we added to our practice is a postural analysis application called ‘Posture Screen Mobile.’
This new “App” is an amazing tool with which we can quickly show patients what their structural alignment looks like. We take two photos with our Samsung Galaxy tablet from the front and one with the patient facing to the side.
In about 2 minutes, we use the program application to visualise an amazing objective analysis of the patient at that split second in time. We can easily email the patient a full report of the evaluation immediately.
This Posture Screen Assessment is one of the tools that we use to show patients the connection between the structure of their body and how it affects their health.
For some people that come in our clinic, their body is in an antalgic, or painful state. This is due to a breakdown of normal biomechanics. or movement of the spine. In simpler terms, the body is leaning away from pain as much as possible in order to remain upright enough to come in to my office.
It’s adapting. This process could have been going on for month or years with or without the presence of pain. We may use the analogy of a car chassis with its wheel balance and alignment being less than optimal. You can still drive the vehicle although not in it best form.
Many patients exhibit similar behaviour with poor posture, slumping and lazy stature, unaware of how they sit and stand. Some may be in terrible pain. For the vast majority of patients, the actual problems have been there for years, maybe even decades.
Chiropractic exams are at their best when it is not only looking at the patient’s symptoms, but attempting to correct the structure of the body, thus improving an essential aspect of health, optimal structural function. It is clear that good structural integrity (posture) is essential.
Have you ever seen an elderly person bent forward at the waist with a cane who is healthy? Did you know that this is not the way that human beings have to age if they keep themselves in alignment? Consider this quote from the Journal of the American Medical Association about posture:
Deviations in the body’s center of gravity caused poor posture, which resulted in intestinal problems, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, osteoporosis, hip and foot deformities, poor health, decreased quality of life, and a shortened life span.”
Freeman JT., Posture in the Aging and Aged Body, ; 165(7),pp 843-846 JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)
When we combine technology like Posture Screen Mobile, along with x-rays, hands on palpation of tissues, and draw from our own experience in treating many patients in the last 30 years, we get a pretty good picture of what is going on.
Patients are generally surprised to see how they appear to others. They may have an idea of their posture from looking in the shop window or their family telling them off. They don’t usually connect their posture to symptoms.
Chiropractors seek to restore the patients health by improving their alignment, thus improving function and maximising wellness . We put all patients on an individualized plan of specific chiropractic adjustments, stretches and exercises that are selected using Posture Screen Mobile in part.