Could Your Posture Predict Health Issues?

Let me share with you some very interesting research about posture and it’s relationship to key health areas.

PLUS – One Easy Trick To Improve Your Posture


Increased Thoracic Kyphosis Increases Early Mortality:

This research study demonstrates the correlation of hyperkyphotic spinal posture as a predictor of early mortality in older men and women. Kado et al. (2005) evaluated the link between hyperkyphosis of the thoracic spine and early mortality among community dwelling, elderly men and women.

Kado, D., Huang, M., Barrett-Connor, E., & Greendale, G. (2005) Hyperkyphotic Posture and Poor Physical Functional Ability in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: The Rancho Bernardo Study. Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, 60(5), 633-637.

2) Hyperkyphosis in Thoracic Spine Predicts Mortality in Women:

Hyperkyphosis of the thoracic spine in women predicts mortality, independent of the presence of vertebral osteoporosis. The authors of this study concluded that the presence of an increased kyphosis in elderly women showed a 1.14-fold increased risk for death.

Kado, D. et al. (2009) Hyperkyphosis predicts mortality independent of vertebral osteoporosis in older women. Annals of Internal Medicine 150:681-687.

3) Hyperkyphosis Increases Risk for Fracture, Early Mortality, and Impairs Quality of Life:

The authors concluded that hyperkyphosis has many associated health complications, including increased risk for fracture and mortality, and is associated with impaired physical performance, health, and quality of life. Women with hyperkyphosis report more physical difficulty, more adaptations to their lives, and greater generalized fears than women without hyperkyphosis.

Katzman et al. (2010) Age-Related Hyperkyphosis: Its Causes, Consequences, and Management. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 40(6) 352-360.

Hey, in this short video, I’m going to share with you some really scary research about posture, and how it relates to your health. And, also talk about an important feedback loop between posture and our emotions, plus I’m going to share with you my simple trigger tip, so you can have better posture, stand taller, and be healthier.

Hey, it’s Dr Leevi from Wises Road Chiropractic. So, what is proper posture? Proper posture, just think about a nice, neutral spine. So, neutral spine, when we talk about the upper body, is that, from the side, your ear hole should be above your shoulder. So if you look at me from the side, a nice, proper, neutral posture should be like this, with the ear falling directly below the shoulder.

Unfortunately what we commonly see a lot now in society, with time spent on mobile devices, desk work, and our sedentary lifestyle, is people are losing the battle with gravity, and they end up in that hunched, sort of question mark position. So it’s really common, instead of the ear being over the shoulder, we start to see that head drift forward and then the upper back start to round. And we get in that very round chested type of posture, that round shoulder type of posture.

That is not the posture that we want to be in. In fact, that increased curve, through the mid-back, that rounding through the mid-back, has actually been related to an early predictor of mortality. In other words, poor posture has been shown to correlate to an earlier death rate. So, really scary stuff.

Poor posture has also been shown to have;

  • an increased rate of fractures – chance of fractures
  • poor performance,
  • a lower quality of life and performance.

When we talk about posture, from an emotional standpoint, there are so many things that we can talk about, but you yourself would know, there’s such an intimate relationship between our mind, and the body. And, the body talking back to the mind. Really easy, when you think about things, and when people are trying to act like a depressed person, or a sad person, what type of posture are they going to adopt? They are going to adopt that forward hunch type of posture. And this is my depressed posture, my unhappy posture. It’s also my stress posture. So when we think back in the day, when we get in that accelerator mode, that fight-or-flight stress response, we’re in that protective posture aren’t we, because we’re going to run, or we’re going to be prepared for a fight. So we shut down, and we protect ourselves.

So, really important to understand, your brain is feeding back to your body to control it, but, the body also feeds to the brain. So, if we are hanging out in that poor posture a lot, the messages that body is sending the brain, “I’m stressed. “I’m uncomfortable. “I’m in the fight-or-flight response. “I’m not happy.” “I’m not positive.” So, we see a very intimate relationship between body and the brain, and that’s another reason why posture is so important.

So, what can we do about this?…

Along with getting adjusted with your chiropractic, and the the active exercises that I’ve been giving you, here’s my simple posture trigger tip that I want to share with you. So you can use this any time throughout the day, just to help trigger your mind to get back in proper, normal posture. Really easy.

I call it the, “Where’s my balloon” trigger. All you need to think about it is, think about a balloon, coming from the top of your chest, and the balloon goes up to the ceiling. And, it pulls your chest up to the ceiling. That’s all you need to think about. So, when we are feeling like we’re losing the battle with gravity, like that. You think about, you say to yourself, “Where’s my balloon? “Where’s my balloon.” And the balloon, going up to the ceiling, like that.

Now, that’s a really simple trigger that you can start using on a daily basis, just to bring your awareness to your posture.

Thanks again for watching. And if you know someone who could benefit from better posture, please share this video on your timeline, you never know who you could help out.

Thanks again for watching, and I’ll speak to you soon.