Resolving posture problems isn’t always about simply standing straighter
If you obeyed your mother told when she told you to stand straight and you still have poor posture, it might not be your fault.
Today, our lifestyles often contribute to our posture problems. We spend a great portion of our days sitting, or completing tasks that require bending forward or lifting. We spend more time watching TV and have jobs that require us to be sitting at a desk, or in front of a computer. We are much more inactive than generations before us.
Think about your lifestyle, and the postures you assume throughout each day. It’s no wonder many people have posture problems.
TMJD can also affect your posture
In addition to lifestyle causes for posture problems, TMJD can affect your posture, not just of the head and neck, but of your entire body.
The bones in the neck, especially the atlas and axis, are intricately linked to the muscles that control biting, talking, chewing, breathing and head posture. Sore, tight, contracted muscles of the jaw can tilt the head and shoulders, causing the muscles of the neck, shoulder and back to compensate.
If you have an unbalanced or misaligned bite, your muscle tension and activity are often unbalanced as well. As a result the muscles become overused, tired and stiff. This condition can ‘pull’ on the muscles that hold up your head, creating a forward head posture, making you look as though you are slouching.
It’s a domino effect
This forward head posture can impact other areas, stressing the muscles of your face, neck, shoulder and back.
It can cause:
- one hip or shoulder to be higher than the other
- irregular facial features
- a buck-tooth appearance
Does this sound like you?
If your body is not aligned properly, it can decrease your overall physical and athletic performance. You may find yourself becoming more lethargic or tired throughout your day. Your sense of balance, control and strength may also be diminished, forcing you to put more effort into doing things that were once easy.
Stop posture problems from wearing you down
If you think you may be your posture problems may be a result of TMJD, Lethbridge dentist Dr. Lachman may be able to help you. By treating jaw or teeth related issues, you may be able to straighten out your spine and halt the negative effects of poor posture.
If you would like to learn more, please schedule a consultation.