A case study published in the September 26, 2019, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documented the improvement in abnormal posture in a young boy under chiropractic. The authors’ stated objective for the study was, The purpose of this study is to report on the structural improvements made in a pediatric patient following reduction of vertebral subluxation.
In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on spinal nerve roots or irritate the spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones of the spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
Having normal curvatures and spinal posture has been shown to be very important for good overall health. The study explains this by saying, The curves within the spine act as shock absorbers and natural resistance to gravity. They protect the spinal cord and nerve tissues by reducing forces acting on them.
In this study, an asymptomatic 9-year-old boy was brought by his parents to the chiropractor. The boy had no complaints or symptoms and no history of physical trauma. His parents brought him to the chiropractor because they were concerned about their son’s posture as he seemed to be slouching and hunching all the time. The boy had never been to a chiropractor before.
A chiropractic examination revealed a reduced passive and active range of motion of the boy’s lumbar spine. His lower back muscles were more pronounced than normal and his posture showed a slight forward flexion. Lower back x-rays showed a loss of the normal inward curve in the boy’s lower back and a reverse curve in the upper portion of his lower back.
Specific chiropractic care and spinal adjustments were given with a focus on correcting vertebral subluxations. The study describes this by noting, Vertebral subluxations inhibit healing and recovery, and their correction results in improved neurological and biomechanical function.
After 20 visits, a follow-up examination was performed. The examination showed an improvement in the boy’s muscular tone, improvement in his lower back range of motion, and an improved posture. Follow-up x-rays showed a dramatic improvement in the lower back curvature with his lumbar spine returning to a near-normal state.
In their discussion the authors sum up the results and the importance of proper posture by stating, Loss of the distal lumbar lordosis has been associated with decreased quality of life and deterioration of physical, emotional and social function. In patients presenting with reduced lumbar lordosis, an improvement of the lumbar curve may positively affect the patient’s quality of life and overall health.