One of the core philosophies of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is the use of mirror image adjustments. This technique encourages realignment of the spine by positioning patients in the inverse role of whatever postural habit caused the misalignment in the first place. It forces the body to counteract overcompensation, thus strengthening the body’s natural ability to maintain homeostasis.
Mirror image adjustments have been proven to affect change in patients with mild spinal misalignments and, when combined with other routine adjustment, may facilitate long-term posture improvements. More than this, however, the mirror image technique is perfectly suited to help patients understand the good and bad habits of their unique posture tendencies.
At Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, ID, we take pride in showing our patients how their spine is affected by their posture. Mirror image adjustments allow us to take posture and translate it to habits, to teach patients the do’s and don’ts of posturing.
Identifying poor posture habits
First and foremost in the educational journey for patients is identifying and explaining poor posture habits. By identifying misalignments through a CBP assessment, it’s possible to call out specific areas of the spine affected. This creates a foundation for understanding by showing patients exactly what aspects of their spine are under duress and what the cause is.
Once issues are identified, a mirror image adjustment can be made. In putting patients into traction opposite their compensation, it shows them how poor posture tendencies are developed. For example, adjusting for vertebral translation by imposing traction on the weak side alerts patients to how they may be favoring one side of the body versus the other.
For many patients, this can be an eye-opening experience. Seeing how they hold their posture in relation to how they should be holding themselves is a powerful tool in affecting better habits moving forward.
Inspiring better posture
When poor posture habits are realized, the next phase in sustainable spinal wellness can begin: encouraging better posture. Through a mirror image, patients will not only see what they need to correct, they’ll see how they need to correct it. Through chiropractic guidance, this becomes a semblance of lifestyle changes and posture-corrective actions.
A patient with sacral tilt issues, for example, can be put into a mirror image position that shows them how to best hold their posture while standing. Something like correcting the angle of the feet or the way they hold their shoulders provides actionable evidence of better posture. Moreover, being coaxed into these changes by holding a mirror image instills the basics of better habits into patients in a firsthand way.
Even beyond the chiropractic session, mirror image adjustments can have a profound effect on the way a person goes through life. Being cognizant of poor habits and their corrective counterparts throughout the day encourages mindfulness for maintaining good posture and correcting slippage back into poor habits.
Maintain your ideal spine
At Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, ID, our CBP techniques rely heavily on mirror image adjustments. The incremental improvements they can afford a person’s spine are a clear and evident benefit, however we also realize the invaluable educational potential for this technique. We invite you to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today to learn more about how mirror image adjustments could help you unlock better posturing habits.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.