Bad Posture Can Lead to the Future Necessity of Nursing Home Care

Posture, Back Pain, Back Ache, Work Injury

The shape of your spine can be a huge indicator as to how you will age and whether or not you will need help with your daily activities as you get older. This, in turn, can lead to your needing nursing home care at some point. Curvature of the spine, or scoliosis, is found in research to be the number one factor for those needing additional care in the future.

A study found in the Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences reports that spinal curvature and the angle at which this occurs is a risk factor for being admitted to a nursing home at some point in life. The study takes place at Toho University in Japan. Over 800 participants had their spine measured with the assistance of a noninvasive, computer-assisted procedure that calculates the spine's curvature. The participants were 65 years or older and, of these, 58 percent were female. One conclusion from this particular study is that correct spinal posture, although it does change with age, is very important in allowing older ones to maintain their independence.

The trunk angle of indication is a specific point on the spine that is most likely to indicate whether or not a person will need assistance with daily activities, like dressing, eating, or bathing in old age. When seniors have the trunk angle of indication in their spine, which causes them to depend on others for care, nursing home admission often follows.

Following up with participants four and a half years after they were measured shows that more than 15 percent were needing help with everyday activities. Participants that had a very severe angle to their spines were three times more likely to depend on other people for their care.

What You Can Do to Maintain Proper Posture

Upper cervical chiropractic care has been proven to keep the head in; therefore, reducing the incidence of spinal curvature. When the head is in proper position over the spine and the pelvic area, this leads to proper weight distribution. Less stress is put on the feet, and normal posture is obtained. Dr. Christopher Perkins of Farmington, Michigan is an upper cervical chiropractor who can assist you with acquiring this balanced posture. Why not schedule an appointment today in order to maintain your independence as long as you can?

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Meet Dr. Christopher Perkins

Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit  for 3 years in row.

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"After 30 plus years of almost daily headaches and increasing severe debilitating migraines, I am pain free. I had tried everything, including 3 different chiropractors, medical tests, food allergy tests, special prism glasses, massage, etc. Dr. Perkins was a life changer for sure. Thanks to Dr. Perkins, I now know what it is like to live without pain. For someone with my headache history, this is a miracle"... Kathy Hiatt
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