It’s not what your thinking.
71 CM (centimeters) is the length of an adult human spine.
Why is this NOT useless information?
Women no matter what age, may already know just how important the role of appearance (including height) plays at work. Most masters programs in business now include a class or section of their business class on appearance and it's vital role. And not just clothing - more important than that is body language, which could mean the difference between getting the contract, that new job or influencing key decision makers.
One of the indicators of a Primary Structural problem of the spine is, loss of height. A loss of height or poor posture to a women (and men as well) has been shown to adversely affect her status at work and be perceived as weak.
Very common in women of adult years (30′s +). For girls or young women a loss of height may be due to an abnormal structural deviation of the spine (technically called a sub-lux-ation). Now before you Google Subluxation, realize that this term has many definitions and really depends on just who is defining the term – unfortunately.
Most neuro surgeons, orthopedic and chiropractors who truly understand anatomy know that there is a normal range for the spine and any deviation from the normal will lead to Secondary Conditions. Just as blood pressure, eyesight and cholesterol - there are normal levels or normal range. Outside normal range indicates an abnormality.
For our purpose I define Subluxation as a Primary Structural Condition that is indicated by an abnormal deviation (dowager’s hump/ “granny hump”), disc damage (degeneration), muscle spasm, nerve impingement syndrome and damaged (degenerated) vertebra of the spine outside normal range that can cause Secondary Conditions - one of which is poor apperance.
So, if your spine is less than 71CM – this is an indicator of a Primary Structural Condition namely, Anterior Head Syndrome (AHS anterior-head-syndrome.jp ).
There are other causes for less than an optimal spine - osteoporosis, infections and tumors - this is why a through spinal evaluation is invaluable.
The common solutions are, exercise, yoga, Pilates,PT, muscle relaxer medications, surgeries or if the Secondary Conditions become severe and chronic, pain management then becomes a necessity. These common solutions have their place and it’s not my desire to give you my opinion on each of these methods – just that you are aware that you do have multiple options. Really, there is more than one way to cook an egg.
It's More Than Just Posture!
Abnormal Primary Structural Conditions can only be corrected by a doctor who focuses on addressing structural problems of the human frame, no matter how much rubbing or pulling muscles a structural problem will still be present. Sometimes, patching up a pot hole is done when repaving is what was required.
Let’s say a patient has chronic neck pain with a rounded shoulder apperance (looks tired and sickly) caused by Anterior Head Syndrome. Because of the abnormal deviation of the spine outside normal this leads to; muscle spasm, degeneration of the disc and vertebra, loss of normal motion and nerve impingement syndrome (which means irritation of spinal nerves and spinal cord affecting your brain). Which then leads to the Secondary Condition of neck pain. Think of your satellite cables running to the box on your TV – if these wires are interfered with, what do you think the TV picture will look like? Static! Same idea with your spine.
A complete solution, must include a strategy to correct abnormal structure (not just posture). Correcting the Primary Condition - abnormal structure is crucial and is usually the missing ingredient in exercises, stretches, Pilates - they ALL have their place and I often recommend these exercises.
It's important to understand that a magic bullet, does not exist - especially when it comes to health and apperance. What's more important is to find a knowledgeable,trusted adviser that can direct you to the right solution and assist when needed.
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