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McHenry Chiropractic Welcomes Curvy Spines!

Curves are beautiful…in the right places!

The spine curves normally. Lordosis is the inward curving of the spine as seen in the cervical and lumbar spines. Kyphosis is the curving of the upper spine that provides the look of being hunched over. Normal lordosis is good. Too much kyphosis is bad! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic knows the difference and is here to evaluate our McHenry clients’ spines for curvature, be it painful or not.

Now, the spine has 5 curves. These normal curves of the spine are affected by a variety of issues that may lead to back pain or neck pain or leg pain or other spinal conditions that McHenry chiropractic care may help.

One of the classic works on posture and its effect on the spine was done by Nachemson. Why share his name? Because he is one of the foundational researchers on the spine’s biomechanics. He published in the first ever edition of Spine! What an amazing researcher. His study showed what a variety of postures and changes did to spinal pressures (1):


Just going from lying on your back to turning over to your side triples the spinal pressure. How often on a sleepless McHenry night do you find yourself re-arranging? Slouching in your chair instead of sitting up straight inflates the spinal pressure. If you have a healthy spine, that’s fine. If you have a degenerative spine, it may be aggravating. That’s when you’ll want to contact OrthoIllinois Chiropractic for a chiropractic evaluation.

Further, more current research from Spine shares that a kyphosis angle decreased significantly when research subjects changed from standing to lying prone by an average of 13.4° and the lordosis angle reduced by 16.6°. (2) Again, if the spine is healthy, no worry. If it’s unhealthy, it may hurt.

Like changing position affects spinal pressures, aging is another factor that affects spinal curvature.  Research shares that aging significantly reduces lumbar spine lordosis by 8.2° and sacral position by 6.6° in standing subjects. Further, lumbar spine range of flexion (ROF) decreased by 7.7° which prompted the pelvic ROF to make up for this decrease by increasing 7.0°. (3) For every action, there is a reaction! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic understands the spinal reactions!

So where might all of this information come into play? Daily life in McHenry. This information may make you think twice when you are sitting in your chair at work or turning over in bed at home.  The newest occupational research article addresses back pain in dental hygienists. It points to their posture and movement as risks for back pain. They combine spinal rotation and flexion while working in their clients’ mouths which puts demand on the extensor muscles of the low back, potentially setting them up for back pain. (4) What does your McHenry job demand of your spine? Suggestions for how to avoid this risk haven’t been made yet. (It’s new research!) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic will keep an eye out for those though!

So contact OrthoIllinois Chiropractic for all your spinal concerns. It’s not bad to be curvy, but it’s best to be curvy in the right places! Let your McHenry chiropractor evaluate your spine.

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