According to Dr. Al Sears, muscle is the first physical sign of aging, in the sense that people who age well are often well-muscled, which protects them from age-related ailments including pain and disease.
I think this is correct, but I would add that I think one of the first physical signs of aging is also poor posture.Forward head carriage
is observed when the chin goes forward. From my experience, when the head starts to go forward (anterior shift), people start to look older. Prolonged sitting can cause muscle imbalances in the neck and shoulder that lead to the “poked chin” posture. Once forward head posture starts, the shoulders may start to round, thoracic kyphosis becomes accentuated, the sacral base may shift, and/or the pelvis distorts. The end result: occipital misalignment.
Evaluating Posture Distortions
I know that evaluating forward head posture leads to one of those “chicken and egg” questions. Is it ascending or descending; from top to bottom or bottom to top? Sometimes I know the answer and sometimes I have to guess. I just look for patterns and sequences of how all this stuff works together in my patient’s big picture. For example, have them sit on a chair or a stool; observe from the side as they sit down and stand up. Watch the head and neck area only. The normal pattern is for them to lead with the posterosuperior aspect of the head. If the SCMs and suboccipitals are dominating, they will lead with the chin. This is a faulty pattern…Read more… http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=54719
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=54530 (Posture Evaluations, Part 1)
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=54719 (Forward Head & Forward Shoulder)
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=54845 (Shoulder & Scapula)
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=54964 (Winged Scapula)
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55231 (Thoracic Spine)
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55067 (A Corrective Exercise Strategy for Scapular Winging)
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55184 (Blending Static Posture and Functional Movement Analysis)
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55231 (Thoracic Spine Analysis)
www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55374 (Corrective Exercises for Excessive Thoracic Kyphosis)
This is Part 1 in a series of posture articles I am writing for Dynamic Chiropractic this year. Enjoy!