The Importance of Posture
Normal Spinal Model
Your spine is an incredible marvel of engineering, being able to withstand large forces while maintaining great flexibility. The model spine at rest consumes practically no energy to support upright standing posture. If it were to be maintained properly, the spine could easily last 120-150 years with minimal degeneration or arthritis.
The Harrison Spinal Model, developed by Don Harrison, D.C., PhD, M.S.E., is our goal of care for correction. Just like blood pressure, there are normal ranges for spinal alignment. When you fall outside of these normal ranges, the spine will degenerate faster than it should. The normal ranges for the Harrison Spinal Model have been published and in the worlds best medical journals such as Spine, Journal of Spinal Disorders, Journal of Orthopedic Research, and Clinical Biomechanics.
The human spine should be straight from the front and have 3 curves when viewed from the side. The ideal shape of the spine is an amazing balance of natural forces that are constantly challenging us. These include such loads as compression, tension and shear. How efficient our spines are to resisting these detrimental forces is directly related to health.
If your spine does not fall within the normal ranges, we use special techniques and equipment to restore your spine to as near normal as possible.