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你理想中的另一半有哪些條件?(從脊醫角度看)



你希望未來的丈夫或妻子是個怎樣的人?風趣幽默?英俊瀟灑或是美麗動人?

你認為良好品格是擇偶的首要條件嗎?你希望未來的伴侶是個聰敏的人,還是富有的人呢?


你有沒有考慮過為你的未來配偶檢查身體姿勢是否良好,看看他能否健康到老?


我們都希望能永遠跟另一半一起,組織家庭,生兒育女,愉快及健康地一起終老。或許你們甚至打算八九十歲時一起環遊世界,但當你伴侶的關節出現嚴重退化,壓逼神經,導致疼痛,甚至需要使用助行器或輪椅代步,那麼除了各種治療師的診所,你們甚麼地方也去不了。


現在,讓我教你如何找一位能健康到老的好伴侶吧!


首先,為你的對象做一個簡單姿勢檢查。讓他站立起來,雙腿分開與肩同寬,然後站在他的身後。第一,看看他兩隻耳垂的位置是否平衡。如果不,這意味著他頸部的關節出現僵化。第二,檢查兩邊肩膀是否處於同一水平。如果不,可能他的胸部或肩膀出了問題。第三,看看他兩臀是否平衡。如果不,他盤骨或下背部分的關節可能也僵化了。


接下來,讓他轉身,看看他的側面。如果這個人的姿勢正確,你應該可以看見他的耳垂、肩膀、臀部中間、膝蓋中間到腳跟(大概三分之一的位置)能形成一直線。如果你發現這些部分未能成一直線,那麼這個人的身體有不少的關節可能已僵化和姿勢不良的壞習慣。


擁有良好的姿勢等於擁有良好的健康。理想的姿勢是指骨頭與骨頭之間對齊,使肌肉、關節及韌帶能有效地工作。這樣,關節所承受的壓力最低,不會過早退化。保持良好的姿勢有助神經系統正常運作,使整個身體的系統,包括所有器官,都運作良好。


如果姿勢不佳,隨著時間的過去,脊柱和關節所受的壓力會增加。如果關節移位,會導致脊柱改變其天然並且帶有保護性的形狀,提早出現退化。這樣,關節之間的空隙會減少、可能出現骨刺及使椎間盤功能下降,引發長期的痛症及不適。姿勢差亦可導致脊柱關節定型,使脊柱神經受刺激,引發疼痛和不適,並影響其他器官的運作。


透過以上簡單的測試,你可能已經發現你的理想對象有很多脊柱或關節問題。最後,請觀察他日常生活的姿勢習慣,是否有經常翹腳、只用一邊肩膀背袋、站立時習慣把重心傾向一側、坐下時錢包放在後袋或者向一邊傾斜等不良姿勢。這些姿勢會經常使脊柱受壓,也可能是引發未來脊柱問題的跡象。


必須謹防!


當然,這些情況是可以改善的。如果你認定了他,即使你的理想對象有脊柱問題也不用擔心。解決辦法是調整脊柱關節,以確保神經系統正常運作。為此你需要一位專業人士,例如脊醫,以進行調整。此外,當事人也需要把慣性的壞習慣改正過來,不論是坐下、站立或是睡覺,都要保持身體平衡,姿勢端正。最後,需要經常鍛煉,維持關節及肌肉的靈活性。要打破舊有的習慣,並重新訓練,可能需要一段時間。不過,如果這個人適合你,那麼等待是值得的。


記住當你選擇跟一個人渡過一生,不要只被他們燦爛的笑容和閃閃發光的眼睛所吸引。記得替你的未來伴侶進行姿勢檢查!


What do you look for when choosing a significant other? (From a chiropractor's perspective)



When seeking a husband or wife, what characteristics do you look for? Do you look for someone with a great sense of humor? Do you focus on good looks? Do you feel that a great personality is the most important? Do you want someone smart or with wealth? 

Have you ever considered first checking the candidate’s posture to see if they will have good health to old age?


So you want to be with this person forever, have a family, be happy, be healthy, and grow old together. Perhaps you plan to travel the world together even when you are aged 80 or 90. But if this person’s joints are highly degenerated and compressing the nerves creating pain, or if they require a walking aid or a wheelchair, then you probably won’t be going anywhere other than the clinic of many therapists.


Let me tell you how to find a strong mate who will be mobile into old age.


When you are considering a potential mate, first do a simple posture check. Have them stand with their feet shoulder-width apart. Standing behind them, first check if their ear lobes are level. If not this could indicate fixated joints in the neck region. Next, check if the shoulders are level. If not, this could indicate fixated joints in the thoracic region or a shoulder problem. Then check if their hips are level. If not, there may be fixated joints in the pelvis or lower back regions. 


Next, have them turn sideways. If this person has good posture, you should be able to draw an imaginary vertical line running from the ear lobe to the shoulder, to the middle of the hip, to the middle of the knee joint, ending at a point of the back third of the foot. If you note that these landmarks do not fall in a straight line, then it is most likely this person has many fixated joints and a habit of poor posture.


Good posture may be equated to good health. Ideal posture is when your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints, and ligaments are working optimally. In this position, your joints are experiencing the least amount of stress and will not degenerate prematurely. Good posture helps to contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system, leading your entire body including all the organ systems to function well.


With poor posture over time, there will be greater forces on the spine and joints. If the joints are not in the right position, and there are changes in the shape of the natural, protective spinal curves then degeneration will set in quickly and too early. There will be a decrease in the joint spaces, formation of bone spurs, and decrease in the function of the intervertebral discs that may lead to long-term pain and discomfort. Poor posture can also lead to fixations in the spinal joints. These fixations may lead to irritation on the spinal nerves leading to pain and discomfort, pain syndromes, and even affecting the organs.


From this simple posture test, you may have noted that your potential/current partner has many spinal joint problems. Now notice if they demonstrate poor postural habits such as crossing their legs, sitting with their wallet in their back pocket, carrying their bags only on one shoulder, regularly standing with their weight on one leg, always looking down at their phone, or sitting slanted to one side. These are also indicators that the spine is under frequent stress and may be a sign of potential spinal problems coming down the road. Beware!


If you really believe this candidate has good long-term potential other than their spinal condition, don’t worry! There are ways to improve the situation. First, fix the spinal joints to make sure the nervous system can function properly. To do this it would be best to find a professional such as a chiropractor who has the skills and knowledge to find and fix the joint problems. Next, this person needs to change their poor postural habits. They need to ensure that their posture is balanced when they carry out their activities of daily living. Finally, exercise needs to be done to maintain the mobility and flexibility of the joints and muscles. This entire process may take some time as habits are difficult to break and then train again, but if this person is right for you, then it is worth it.


Remember when choosing a person to be with forever, don’t get distracted by their bright smile and sparkling eyes. Do a posture screen!


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