Many factors can affect posture, including tight muscles, weak muscles, abnormal foot or knee function (ascending postural imbalance), scar tissue or adhesions, scoliosis, eye imbalances, and head and neck imbalances (descending postural imbalance).
NUCCA craniocervical care takes great pains to measure posture, and determine if it is affected by imbalances in the head and neck. At Vital, we use standing mechanical measurements as well as infrared sensor measurements of 16 landmarks on the body in 3D, and measure postural changes after every correction to make sure we’re affecting the whole body.
I had to come in on a Sunday to adjust my 9 year old daughter after she was complaining of significant hip and knee pain a few days after she had hit her head playing at school.
Her muscles down her left spine were pulling so tight, it was causing her to lean to the left, and her psoas muscle was causing her pelvis and hips to twist significantly. Notice her 8 degree head tilt and 10 degree pelvic tilt!!
I adjusted her (in my shorts) with VERY light pressure on the side of her neck (the transverse process of her atlas vertebra).
…and immediately remeasured her posture showing near full return of symmetry to her muscle tone down both sides of her spine and hips.
Thankfully, she also immediately felt near full release of her muscle tightness, hip pain and knee pain.
As parents, we all wish we could solve ALL of our children’s problems. Thankfully, this was a day dad came through with flying colors.
-Dr Licata (Gianna’s dad)