You’ve probably been told for as long as you can remember to stand up straight. And for good reason. Good posture is beneficial for your bones and overall health. When you become a patient of Baltimore’s and Roland Park's integrated medical clinic, Advanced Medical Center, you work with medical experts who evaluate your spine. The practice’s advanced posture screening system allows you to find the source of your back pain, as well as what you need to do to improve your posture. You can book your posture screening online, or call to speak with one of the caring team members.
Yes! Everything you were told when you were younger is true for good posture: Stand up straight, keep your shoulders back, and hold your head up high. Proper posture isn’t just an aesthetics thing, it’s actually important for your health. When you regularly slouch, bend your head forward, sink your shoulders in, or otherwise have bad posture, you risk having:
Your physician might recommend a posture screening as part of an overall health and wellness check, like going in for a routine annual exam. They also may arrange a posture screening if you have lingering pain in your body.
For example, if you have headaches or migraines all the time, the problem might stem from a misalignment in your spine. By evaluating your posture, your medical team better understands whether you have an alignment issue that can be corrected by adjusting your spine.
Scheduling a posture screening visit isn’t anything to stress about. Generally, your provider talks with you about any health concerns you have. These can be chronic pain issues, or an unrelated problem, like bowel irregularity. All health issues potentially can start from an alignment issue, so let your doctor know if you have any medical concerns.
You go through a series of physical tests. Usually this involves walking across the room, bending over, or simply standing up straight. Your doctor evaluates your spine and your movement throughout each of these tests.
It’s typical to have an X-ray done during your screening to see if you have any bone spurs, signs of scoliosis, herniated discs, or other spinal concerns. Once your provider evaluates your posture thoroughly, you find out if you need to do anything to correct your posture. You learn how you should be standing and sitting, how to build up your core muscles, and whether you need to have chiropractic adjustments to realign your spine.