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The importance of correct posture for optimal health and wellness {advice from a #BeverlyHillsChiropractor}

Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaTo most people, “good posture” simply means sitting and standing up straight.  According to Beverly Hills Chiropractor and founder of Beverly Hills Posture, Walker Ozar, D.C., most people just do not realize the importance of posture to our health and performance.

The human body craves alignment. When we’re properly aligned, our bones, not our muscles, support our weight, reducing effort and strain. The big payoff with proper posture is that we feel healthier, have more energy, and move gracefully. So while the word “posture” may conjure up images of book-balancing charm-school girls, it is not just about standing up straight. It’s about being aware of and connected to every part of your being.

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting proper rest and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you cannot really be physically fit. Without good posture, you can actually damage your spine every time you exercise.

Ideally, our bones stack up one upon the other: the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles. But if you spend hours every day sitting in a chair, if you hunch forward or balance your weight primarily on one leg, the muscles of your neck and back have to carry the weight of the body rather than it being supported by the spine. The resulting tension and joint pressure can affect you not only physically, but emotionally, too — from the predictable shoulder and back pain to headaches, short attention span, and depression.

Poor posture distorts the alignment of bones, chronically tenses muscles, and contributes to stressful conditions such as loss of vital lung capacity, increased fatigue, reduced blood and oxygen to the brain, limited range of motion, stiffness of joints, pain syndromes, reduced mental alertness, and decreased productivity at work. According to Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Sperry, “the more mechanically distorted a person is the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism and healing.”

The most immediate problem with poor posture is that it creates a lot of chronic muscle tension as the weight of the head and upper body must be supported by the muscles instead of the bones. This effect becomes more pronounced the further your posture deviates from your body’s center of balance.

To illustrate this idea further, think about carrying a briefcase. If you had to carry a briefcase with your arms outstretched in front of you, it would not take long before the muscles of your shoulders would be completely exhausted. This is because carrying the briefcase far away from your center of balance places undue stress on your shoulder muscles. If you held the same briefcase down at your side, your muscles would not fatigue as quickly, because the briefcase is closer to your center of balance and therefore the weight is supported by the bones of the skeleton, rather than the muscles.

In some parts of the world, women can carry big pots full of water from distant water sources back to their homes. They are able to carry these heavy pots a long distance without significant effort because they balance them on the top of their heads, thereby carrying them at their center of balance and allowing the strength of their skeleton to bear the weight, rather than their muscles.

Correcting bad posture and the physical problems that result can be accomplished in two ways. The first is by eliminating as much “bad” stress from your body as possible. Bad stress includes all the factors, habits, or stressors that cause your body to deviate from your structural center. Bad stress can result from a poorly adjusted workstation at work, from not having your seat adjusted correctly in your car, or even from carrying too much weight around in a heavy purse or backpack.

The second is by applying “good” stress on the body in an effort to move your posture back toward your center of balance. This is accomplished through a series of exercises, stretches, adjustments, and changes to your physical environment, all designed to help correct your posture. Getting your body back to its center of balance by improving your posture is critically important to improving how you feel.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Yoga for stress reduction…and weight loss

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If you’re thinking about taking up yoga, you might be interested to know that yoga not only reduces stress levels, it also supports weight maintenance and loss goals.

The lower your stress, the lower your cortisol levels which means your body will store fewer calories as fat.

Acupuncture and massage therapy also lower levels of inflammation in the body—another known contributor to weight gain.

Beverly Hills Posture offers Private Yoga Therapy and Training, visit: http://bhposture.com/services/yoga-therapy.html as well as massage and acupuncture therapy visit our website for information and to book appointments.

Visit http://www.mensfitness.com  for more health and wellness tips!

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Chiropractors seek the origin of illness in order to eliminate it {advice from a #BeverlyHillsChiropractor}

Chiropractor, Walker Ozar and his Beverly Hills Posture team serves the Beverly Hills, California area and the surrounding communities.  A Beverly Hills Posture health and fitness plan starts at the root causes of poor health—from poor posture, fitness and weight issues, ergonomics at home and in the office, to musculoskeletal issues and more—then tailored to include the fitness and therapy programs that are necessary to achieve desired short and long-term results.

As most people know, chiropractors practice natural, drugless, non-invasive health care and rely on the body’s ability to self-heal.  Sounds ideal, but just how does it work?

Chiropractors look at the whole picture

Like other health-care providers, we follow a standard routine to gain information about the patient.  Chiropractors consult, review the case history, conduct a physical examination, and may request laboratory analyses and/or x-rays. Unlike other health-care providers, however, chiropractors also conduct a careful analysis of a patient’s structure and pay particular attention to the spine.  Chiropractors also ask you about your life:   Do you eat well? Exercise at all? How do you deal with stress? Do you have children? What do you do for work? And so on.

Chiropractors seek the origin of the problem

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Using this information, a diagnosis is made. Included in the diagnosis is the probable reason for your pain or discomfort. It is important to note that chiropractors seek the origin of the illness in order to eliminate it-we do not simply treat the symptoms.  If your roof is leaking, do you simply catch the drips in a bucket for years on end, or do you repair the roof to prevent it from leaking? Similarly, if the migraine headache you’ve had all week is being caused by misaligned vertebra and an irritated nerve, do you continue to take pain killers indefinitely, or do you realign the vertebra to prevent the pain? You get the picture.

Chiropractors  fix the origin of the problem

Chiropractors have a term for misalignments: subluxations. A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of the bones that protect the spinal cord. It’s a leak in the roof. Or a kink in the wiring of your nervous system.  The severity of the subluxation can vary, and there are a number of potential contributing factors that can be physical, emotional, mental, or chemical. The subluxation can be caused by any number of incidents, from birth trauma to an auto accident to simple repetition or over-use.

Take Your First Step to Better Health. 
Contact Beverly Hills Posture today to explore how we can support you. With better posture and strengthened muscles, you’ll gain more energy, experience pain relief, and improve flexibility and overall health.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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how your shoes could effect your posture, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaChronic back pain is one of the most common physical ailments and one of the most complicated to pinpoint the cause. Given the amount of abuse we often subject our bodies to, it is no surprise that chronic back pain is such a huge problem.

From overzealous weekend warriors to sitting for hours on end with poor posture, we are constantly putting stress on our backs leading to an epidemic of chronic back pain.

Given the complexity of the back and the myriad reasons why we might be experiencing back pain, figuring out the root causes is difficult.  Deciding the best course of action is even more mystifying to many of us.  What is clear is that in order to relieve back pain in the long term, you need to figure out what is causing your discomfort.

Chiropractic care, acupuncture and therapeutic massage are great options to greatly reduce or eliminate back pain within a visit or two.  Our physical therapy and fitness team members plan an  important role in assisting people with implementing an exercise regimen that will get the body back into alignment and balance so that the back stays healthy and pain-free.

The potential causes of back pain are too many and too varied to attempt to discuss them all.  This article will focus on one of the major causes of back pain.  It seems simple, but in fact can be rather complicated:

IT JUST MIGHT BE YOUR SHOES

Sounds simple.  But when you consider the interplay of your feet, legs, hips and back when you walk, it becomes obvious that there are plenty of ways this process can go wrong.  Over time, any imbalance in your gait can begin to reflect in chronic back pain.  Your shoes have a direct impact on your feet and play a role in how well your stride is balanced, or not.

We all know the obvious culprit when the discussion is uncomfortable footwear.  High heels are generally murder on our feet, gait and posture.  The reality is however, there are a number of different types of shoes that can and do create chronic back pain.

Let’s take a look at a few potential problem shoe choices:

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These types of shoes are the epitome of the wrong ones to wear.  But let’s make sure we understand the definition of a “high heel.” Any heel over an inch high creates the problem mechanics of a high heel.  So yes, stiletto heels are clearly a problem.  Men’s dress shoes, cowboy boots and any other shoe with a heel an inch or more tall will tend to cause you to walk with an arched back and slightly bent knees.  This shortens your calf muscles and makes your quadriceps work harder.  It also puts up to 200% more pressure on your kneecaps.  All that shifted muscle and joint strain has a direct impact on your spine and back.

So don’t be fooled into thinking that high heels have to be three inches high or only women’s shoes to be a root cause of back pain.

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So the obvious answer to not wearing high heels would be: “Flats” (right?)… oddly enough, you just might be wrong!  In fact, tests show that flats produce up to 25% MORE impact pressure than high heels do.  The cumulative effect of all of that pounding can have huge implications for your hips and back, leading directly to chronic back pain.  Lack of padding and support can also have negative impact on your feet which causes further problems.

Sneakers (Tennis, Running, Athletic Shoes)

So we now know what shoes not to wear, what does that leave us with for options?  Not surprisingly, shoes that provide support for your feet, fila-shoes-how your shoes could effect your posture, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls Californiaare flexible and provide some padding to reduce impact are the best choice.  While this perfectly describes what is generally referred to as “sneakers,” , they aren’t the only choices.  Many shoe companies make a wide range of stylish shoes that fit the criteria.

About “Toning Shoes“(we all know the brand names, but we’ll refrain from mentioning any here)

These shoes are certainly not the answer.  In fact, they’re designed to create instability in your gait, forcing your muscles to work harder.  This concept was supposed to help the wearer tone up muscles which in turn would help the wearer lose weight.  The problem is, “tone up” shoes do not and did not work; wearing them can lead to chronic back pain along with a laundry list of other problems. (Note: We would not recommend these types of shoes under any circumstances.)

Here are some things to think about when selecting the appropriate shoes:

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Shoes that flex with your foot

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Shoes that feel comfortable in the store

Shoes with at least a half-inch of wiggle room in the toe

Follow these simple guidelines (when buying/wearing shoes) and you’ll greatly reduce the chances of experiencing back pain as a result of what is on your feet!

If you currently experiencing back pain, we recommend that you give us a call to book an appointment.  We can assist you by doing a full postural review to pinpoint the cause of your pain.  We can also do a gait analysis and help you select the appropriate shoes based on how you naturally walk.

In addition to the proper footwear, the Beverly HIlls Posture Team can assist you with an exercise program that will strengthen your body, improve your posture and help you eliminate back pain in the long run.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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The benefits of a good stretch – we’ve got a few tips!

walking-stretch, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaStretching.  We hear about it all the time.  We all know that we are supposed to stretch, but most of us don’t.  If we do stretch, we often have no real idea what we are doing or why. We  are big fans of stretching at Beverly Hills Posture, so we thought we’d offer some tips and hints about stretching and dispel some of the myths surrounding some of the commonly held beliefs about stretching overall.

1. Warm up before stretching

Many of us think about stretching as part of our warm up prior to exercise.  In fact, we should be warming up BEFORE stretching.  Stretching cold muscles can cause injury.  So warming up with a few minutes of walking or cycling is the best approach.  Also, research shows that stretching can cause a short-term dip in muscle strength, so you should save your major stretching until after your weight workout.

2. Stretching for good posture

Stretching helps us maintain good posture.  By allowing the body to maintain its natural balance, it is much easier for us to avoid the slumping that leads to poor posture.

3. Stretch out cramps

To stretch out a calf cramp or “Charley Horse”, pull the toes up towards your shin in an opposing stretch.  The calf muscle pulls the foot down, so you want to do stretches in the opposite direction to offset the cramp.

4. Yoga for flexibility

Many people think they need to be flexible to practice Yoga.  In fact, Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility.  The BHP Yoga Team would be happy to meet with you total-body-stretches-abdominal-stretch-Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls Californiaregarding starting a Yoga regimen.

5. Muscle balance

Remember when stretching to make sure that you are stretching in a balanced manner.  For example, if you are stretching your quads, make sure you are also stretching your hamstrings.

6. Ankle flexibility

Try the alphabet stretch to maintain good ankle flexibility.  Simply trace each letter of the alphabet with your toes, one foot at a time.

7. Hamstring stretch

Lie on your back on the floor.  Leave one leg extended on the floor and raise the other, knee straight, until you feel the stretch in your hamstring.  You can loop a towel around your leg with the ends in your hands to make this easier.

Remember to warm up before stretching and to breathe.

8. Quadriceps stretch

Lie on your side.  Bend the knee of the top leg, moving the heel towards your rear end.  Gently assist the stretch until you feel tension in your quad.  Hold for thirty seconds.  Repeat two to three times on each side.

9. Neck Stretch

Stretching the neck muscles can alleviate neck pain.  Simply turn your head until your chin is over your shoulder (or as close as you can get).  Hold this position for 20 seconds, breathing consistently throughout.  Repeat this stretch on both sides.

10. Corner stretch for your chest

Stand facing a corner with one hand on each wall, about chin level.  Lean forward until you feel a stretch in your chest and shoulders.  This will help open up your chest.

11. Over stretching

When it comes to stretching, remember that more is not always better.  Genetics do play a part in how flexible you are.  Stretching through pain is not a good practice.  This can cause joint laxity and muscle injury.  Gently pushing into your stretches and always remembering to breathe is the most effective and safest method.

These are just a few of literally thousands of stretches you can do.  Many are specific to certain conditions or designed to assist with physical therapy.  A well thought out stretching regimen is an important part of any fitness plan.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.