Posture Check

Posture and the Brain

Posture is an absolute reflection of the brain balance and it is a window for change.


Posture types

Very simply put, our posture is controlled by our brains. We develop and are born in the fetal position and through crawling, walking and balancing, we learn to resist the Earth’s gravitational field by developing muscular coordination.

Spinal Cross-sectionOur brains are dependent on our posture, muscle tone and movement. Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize Winner, determined that 90% of the stimulation and nutrition to our brains comes from the movement of our spines. This is why maintaining good posture throughout your lifetime is so crucial. Poor posture WILL lead to poor health.

We have invested in a postural evaluation system, this technology is only found at Vita. This non-invasive system allows us to track small postural improvements over time.

Poor posture is often due to a muscular imbalance or weakness in certain muscle groups with tightness in others. And what controls our muscular tone and tension? Our brain and nervous system.

The doctor will then go over your scans and evaluate your posture. You will be shown clear pictures that are easy to understand. If you are all concerned about your posture then please come in and just get checked.

Watch Dr. Vince explain the scans

The human body was not meant to sit for 8 hours a day, which is very common in our modern culture. When we sit for long periods of time, our hamstring muscles at the back of our thighs get tight and pull on the lower back, straightening it out. Since our bodies are always trying to maintain a center of gravity, our head must start to come forward and our shoulders round in order to balance this straightening of our low backs. The muscles will then fatigue or go into spasm, making it difficult for our brains to conserve energy. This leads to fatigue and can even effect our moods.

Your Hormones

Cortisol effectsSpeaking of moods, did you know that changing your posture affects the production of chemicals in your brain? Researchers out of Columbia and Harvard University’s demonstrated that, when we are in a good, proper posture with our shoulders rolled back and head held high, our brains produce higher levels of Testosterone and decrease production of cortisol (the STRESS hormone). This neuroendocrine profile of High “T” and Low “C” has been consistently linked to such outcomes as disease resistance, leadership abilities, increased attractiveness and lowered levels of anxiety and stress.

Oxygen Levels

Another factor to consider with poor posture is oxygen. When the back becomes weakened and the shoulders slump forward there can be a decrease in movement of the rib cage. When the rib cage is restricted in movement, our lungs cannot fully expand. This leads to decreased amounts of oxygen per breath – our muscles, organs and brains are getting by on less that they require.

posture5Give it a try: slump forward and take a deep breath. Now sit up straight and take a deep breath. Which posture allowed you to breathe deeper and felt less strenuous for your body?

When we are slumped forward, we are unable to take full, deep breaths. If we are forced to take shorter breaths, we have to take many of them leading to a condition known as overbreathing. This leads to decreased oxygen levels in our brain and in all our other body tissues.

Some symptoms of decreased oxygen to the brain include:

  • Anxiety

  • Dizziness

  • Loss of concentration

  • Asthma

  • Excessive yawning

  • Tingling in the hands/feet

  • Angina

  • Gastric reflux

  • Loss of memory

  • Chest pains

  • Headaches

  • Migraine headaches

  • Coughing

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart palpitations

  • Dental issues

  • Irregular heart beat

  • Panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Irritability

  • Snoring

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Kidney problems

  • Muscle Pains

How is your brain controlling your posture?

Exclusive to Vita, our state-of-the-art Biovizion postural mapping system enables you to visualize your posture in a way you may not have seen before. The images will help you to follow your treatment progress, which will encourage you to continue towards postural well-being. For more information on our Biovizion evaluation, click here.