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The Age of Apparatus? Apparati? Appartuses.

This past weekend, Dr. Sarah and I were in Las Vegas for Parker University's Seminars for the second year in a row. As part of the event, there is a vender expo. A few hundred different companies set up camp displaying their products and services in support of the chiropractic profession. There are software companies, online marketers, malpractice companies, nutritional supplement manufacturers, pillow manufacturers, CBD product distributors, ice/hot pack manufacturers, laser manufacturers. This list goes on. And then there are the support manufacturers. The lumbar belt supports, cervical decompression, etc.

I often have patients ask me about a certain postural device they've seen on Amazon or at Walgreens or wherever and they ask my opinion.

We live in an age of technological advancement, which has always allowed humans to do less as technology is developed. This even includes our own posture. So when someone who comes in with upper back and neck pain and they tell me they sit at a desk all day, working behind a computer, all hunched forward and they ask me should they get one of those posture devices which keeps them upright, I cringe a little bit. My response is "you have this device already. Luckily for you, it's conveniently built into your back musculature. You just have to start using it".

One of the first exercises is will go over with a patient that comes in with upper back pain, neck pain, headaches, and even shoulder pain is a postural exercise. More often than not, we can get some degree of resolution of symptoms, almost immediately, just by setting the body in neutral and decreasing load on certain structures. So why should we rely on a device to do this?

Now don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for everything and there are always exceptions where someone would actually need one of these devices. But by and large, the average person does not need one of these. And it just requires us to actually try a little, actually be cognizant of what we're doing in that moment and focus on posture. Maybe we need to take a quick break and focus on ourselves for a minuts or 5 periodically. Maybe we need to focus more on mindfulness, which is a rabbit hole that maybe we'll go down another day. In the end though, you don't need a device to stop sitting with posture like that of a gargoyle. Just stop sitting like a gargoyle periodically. It makes a world of difference over time. 


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