Posture: Finding The Right Doctor

There are very few healthcare professionals who have studied the geometry of the spine in any great detail. Most who learn about posture learn about a low shoulder, the forward head, the sway back, the weak core, but few correlate these observations with what lies beneath – the spine and central nerve system.

To understand the running of your car, you wouldn’t make a diagnosis by studying only how the car drives or how it looks on the outside; you would look under the hood at the engine. If you want to understand a long-standing posture issue that refuses to change, you must look to the structure or alignment of the spine.

The only way to fully understand the structure of the spine (regardless how gifted your practitioner is with touch) is to take a picture and study that picture using mathematics. An x-ray or MRI is preferable and a Posture Analysis an excellent option for understanding the bony alignment of your spine and ultimately your body posture.

Not everyone needs a Posture Analysis, especially if you have good body symmetry, but if you have had ongoing trouble, despite seeing numerous healthcare practitioners and trying various exercise regimes, then it is more than likely you have a structural problem and may benefit from having an analysis.

Choose a Practitioner:

Who understands spinal structure (ideally they’ve studied radiology in depth).
Who is a qualified primary healthcare physician and not a trainer or therapist – although I have met many brilliant trainers and therapists! When it comes to structural posture correction, I look to a medically qualified professional. You can still use your trainer and/or therapist for ongoing support.
Who makes the time to offer tailored correction programs.
Who challenges you and is not necessarily the most sympathetic. You need someone who will hold you accountable; to do the things you say you’ll do.

Remember, a one-size-fits-all approach is fine, if you have good body symmetry, but for those of you who, despite having tried various treatments and exercise regimes, still have pain and dysfunction, you need a structural solution and a qualified healthcare practitioner who truly understands posture and the structure of your body and spine – someone qualified to look under the hood of your car and know how to interpret what they find.