Unwind your Life with a Solution for your Postural Problems
Have you ever noticed how a lot of people especially the elderly, look stooped (Hyperkyphotic), struggle to walk, have rounded shoulders, appear to be in a lot of discomfort and their head looks like it’s almost falling off their shoulders? Do you think this is normal or simply a part of the ageing process? Well, it’s not! Normal posture would be perfectly upright, shoulders back, chest open, breathing fully and looking comfortable and well – without any muscular effort!
People stoop when the bones (vertebra) in their spine fall forward and there are no muscles to pull them back. When a vertebra falls forward, the ones above have to follow suit and this creates a slight forward lean. Like the leaning tower of Pisa, if the foundation is not level, what sits above will follow in the same direction. Since each vertebra acts as a foundation for the one above, if one, or even several become stuck forward this creates multiple levels of forward-leaning from the bottom of the spine right to the top. The muscles in and around the pelvis, spine and neck then become under great strain while trying to hold up your spine and head. As a result, they become very tight and eventually painful. In this case, having the muscles worked on and/or strengthened is futile as the problem will not go away until the vertebrae have been corrected. Over time the spine becomes so twisted that it eventually breaks down as it cannot compensate for the dysfunction anymore.
Advanced BioStructural Correction can Help
Advanced Biostructural Correction (ABC) is a technique that restores normal spinal alignment and stress distribution, posture and spinal nerve function. ABC was developed from research carried out by a spinal neurosurgeon, Dr Alf Breig (1978 & 1989). Breig realised that surgically slackening the spinal cord resulted in significant improvement in many chronic debilitating conditions from simple mechanical dysfunction to more serious neurological conditions like MS and ALS. Breig noticed that the thick covering of the spinal cord called the meninges (which also covers the brain) had adhered to either the inside of the spinal canal or to itself in several places and this was creating excessive tension, which was further increased during flexion (forward bending) movement. Breig discovered that tension within nerve structures leads to malfunction of the nerves and they simply stop working correctly. Therefore, whatever structures that these nerves supplied became diseased or dysfunctional over time. Breig used surgical techniques to cut the meningeal adhesions and slacken the spinal cord by forcing the head and cervical spine (neck) into a more upright position by using a surgical tie.
Shokei Yamada (1996), a surgeon also discovered similar effects if the spinal cord was stretched or tethered in the lower spine. Yamada discovered that when the nerve is stretched its function is severely impaired and its ability to use ATP (the cell’s battery) for energy is compromised. This tethering resulted in minor to severe neurological impairment.
How does ABC Work?
ABC uses non-surgical methods to accomplish the same results as Breig and Yamada demonstrated by restoring normal vertebral position, posture, spinal cord-brain stem tension and nerve function.
The body is mostly a self-correcting organism however when a vertebra moves forward there are no muscles to pull them back into position, this is where ABC comes in. Traditional chiropractic works by moving (adjusting) a vertebra forwards or into a left or right rotation, depending on which position it is restricted in. However, as the body is mostly self-correcting, if the vertebrae move into any of these positions there are intrinsic and even extrinsic spinal muscles that can correct this automatically and therefore negating the need to adjust manually. This can, therefore, be detrimental to people who have vertebrae that have already moved forward. ABC differs in that it will untether the brainstem-spinal cord, move the vertebrae backwards and allow the spine to unwind, heal and stand upright on its own. At the same time, the tension within your spinal cord-brain stem will greatly reduce which slackens the nerves and allows the normal function to return. Brain fog, fuzzy head, headache and limb pain or tingling/numbness that sometimes accompanies low back or neck pain will also be eliminated very quickly. There is no other system of manual therapy that can stop you slumping on the first visit and leave you feeling bright and alert like ABC can.
Moving bones back into a position that the body cannot do itself is however only one part of your healing journey. Your body will also need nutritional and emotional support if it is to heal to its full potential.
The image to the left demonstrates what your posture should look like and how it looks when the spine and head have fallen forwards. The left image depicts what you should look like and how you will look following ABC. A common misconception is that the person is simply standing up straight using their muscular effort, however, this is not the case. When a person’s muscles are relaxed they will slump, just as the picture to the right is demonstrating because they have multiple vertebrae that are out of position in a forward direction. Following ABC you will stand upright on your own with no muscular effort whatsoever, just like in the picture to the left.
More and more people are suffering from stooped hyperkyphotic postures (as above) with subsequent forward head, rounded shoulders and a buffalo hump (a lump where the neck meets the upper back). People are also unaware of the risks associated with this abnormality. It is easy to spot if you look at the people around you. The good news is that this can be corrected with ABC.
The images below, which depict the before and after effects of one ABC treatment were taken after asking the patient to ‘breath in and out, relax and let your body slump’. These patients are not forcing themselves to stand up straighter, their spine is physically staying upright on it’s own with no muscular effort. Imagine how much improvement you would have following several months of ABC. Normal spinal curvatures eventually start to reappear and your spine becomes more stable and upright.
ABC is a unique technique and you will get amazing results if you are patient and dedicated. You will improve beyond what you thought possible and start to live your life to the fullest within no time.
Watch the Process of ABC
Dr’s Neil Thomas and Aaron Bolesta of Durham Family Chiropractic demonstrate the ABC protocol. Pay attention to how Dr Bolesta’s posture looks before starting the protocol and how it looks following.