A useful toolkit to expose all chiropractors and osteopaths’ fake postural corrections.
If you’re part of those people trying to correct their posture surely you will have bumped into chiropractors websites showing their “astounding” results.
The first thing you need to know is that chiropractic is absolutely not able to correct a poor posture. In fact, by applying chiropractic manipulation, the spine won’t find any space upwards. So, it is prevented from stretching as Starecta method does. In fact, if you do not allow the column to stretch and reach a state of total harmony you will never be able to really reach a correct posture indeed, this will only produce muscle compensation that will compress organs, nerves and arteries, causing irreversible damages to the body.
That said, the aim of this article is not to indoctrinate you as Starecta usually likes to do, but rather to provide some tools to make you independent and able to figure out if a posture is seriously corrected or not.
Straight people that simulate poor posture
To start, I am going to speak about those straight and healthy people; those people who have a good posture because nature has equipped them with this gift; those people that make no effort and have no difficulty keeping straight.
Browsing online you will have probably already noticed that some of these people have been engaged in posture simulations for informational and educational purposes.
Below we have an example of this type of photo.
After viewing these pictures, the question that immediately comes to mind to any smart person, who really has a curved posture, is: “But you gotta be kidding?” “How can a person that is structurally and biomechanically healthy (like those in the photo below) simulate a hyper kyphosis or hyper lumbar lordosis (with scapular winging and rotated pelvis)?”
Why these “experts” have asked healthy people to simulate a bad posture?
What’s the point in doing this?
At the base of this decision there is a fundamental mistake: these “experts” believe that posture depends on a postural attitude. Meaning that; this is an attitude that has only mental or neurological origins.
I’d just like to say to these “postural experts” that such incorrect posture is not rooted in the mind or in the autonomic nervous system.
The common mistake committed by all those people working with posture is to focus only on muscles, mind and nervous system. These experts believe that the causes of postural problems have to be sought in these three components. Similarly, the other big mistake made by these figures (chiropractors, etc …) is to deal with the problem of curved posture, just by acting on the soft parts of the body (muscles, tendons, nerves, nervous system, mind).
The great discovery of Starecta is to have identified the origin of a good posture in the bone structure bearing the body weight (a hard structure and not a soft one as tendons, muscles or nervous system). In addition, the second great insight of Starecta is to have understood that a healthy bone structure finds its base in the bio-mechanism of our mouth (teeth).
For further information please read “Posture Depends on Teeth”
This is demonstrated by the fact that trying to keep your head up, it is not sufficient to straighten up. Your will cannot get you any postural improvement. Those people who can do it naturally and without any effort are already perfectly straight. They manage to keep their head up because their skull is supported from below!
This is the truth: if you don’t have hyper kyphosis, scoliosis or hyper lordosis you cannot simulate it. And if you have them: well that’s a problem! Mainly Your Problem!
These people do not have the slightest idea about what means to be crooked with accentuated curves of the back, they have no idea what means to be curved when you are a kid, being humpbacked, having your head falling forward and your shoulders winging, and wheezing. They have no idea how much actually the skull weights and cannot even imagine the enormous effort needed to keep it straight. They have absolutely no clue about what means to have a lumbar and cervical hyper lordosis or hyper kyphosis.
Unfortunately I have personally experienced all these feelings and do not wish them to anyone. In fact, I was about to pass away. The things that I know and I teach I haven’t read them on a book: I discovered them firsthand. Conversely, those people that simulate false postures haven’t spent their youth in bed.
In fact, when a healthy person tries to simulate these bad postures, this can be unmasked immediately. It can be observed straight away that their physiological curves have no real change in terms of correct or incorrect posture. Their spine maintains the physiological harmony of the curves with the right length and in the right space even when they try to simulate a kyphosis. To put it better, their spine is not put under any pressure from above due to a `dropping` skull.
In fact, as I have stated several times in the book “How I Finally Straightened My Spine” a bad posture is caused by a lack of vertical decay space that induces the bending of the spine.
To avoid that dropping skull Starecta method uses the Rectifier ™ that works precisely in this sense, and can recreate that space in the molar and premolar area that gives vent to the spine which is then again able to stretch down.
Here’s how to expose these false pictures
1) Lower back
When a person with a straight spine tries to simulate a dropping skull and forward shoulders, results are rather disappointing because the lumbar curve is not accentuated at all. Actually what really happens is the opposite effect because a curve becomes evident in the opposite direction that stretches the back. Vice versa for those who really have bad posture the lumbar area and the back cannot possibly stretch.
2) Cervical zone
When a healthy and straight person simulates a bad posture this does not alter the structural condition of the cervical area. In fact, the degree of the cervical lordosis curve does not increase as it does normally in people who really have this problem.
3) Dorsal zone
Those individuals who have a straight spine and simulate a hyper lordosis or kyphosis have completely different morphological characteristics from those people who are actually affected by dysmorphoses. For example, in the dorsal area there isn’t any “hump”, “curved back” or “hunchback” that is rather typical of those who have a curved spine. In straight subjects the rib cage (on the front of the hump) is free to expand and contract. It is not blocked by the grip of the muscles that surround it. Also the shoulder blades are not winged or crushed onto the rib cage.
Crooked people who try to correct their posture with fake successes
In the web you will find several “before & after” photos giving fake postural corrections as successful stories that actually represent only the failure of chiropractics. In fact, patients who originally had “normal postural problems” are transformed in patients with very well masked “severe postural problems“. Indeed, although these results seem to appear acceptable, they actually conceal very dangerous effects for the organism.
The worst effect is the muscle compensation. Indeed such muscle compensation is caused by physical or manipulative exercises with the aim to strengthen muscles in one area and relax them in another. This way the backbone is not straightening naturally; the muscles are pushing it in the opposite direction.
This way, the patient develops a dangerous muscular asymmetry. This means that the asymmetric muscles will press against organs and arteries and compromise the functioning of the human body (For further information, read 5 Questions to ask a chiropractor).
Failure Case #1
Let’s take the case of a lumbar hyper-lordosis for example: in this case the cervical lordosis increases with the muscle compensation treatment because the skull is forced in all possible ways to return to the rear, i.e. towards the imaginary axis passing through the centre of gravity.
The muscle compensation effect creates more damage that benefit, in fact the clavicles will raise more and the shoulder blades will be pressed against the rib cage increasing the tensive state of the general body. The first activity to be affected is the breathing that becomes high and unsatisfactory precisely due to the pressure created by all the muscles around the chest: infrascapular, trapezius, rhomboid pectoral, sternocleidomastoid, external rotators of the shoulder blades etc…
In a situation of muscle compensation the dorsal area assumes a curved shape and forms the so-called hump or dorsal hump. Slowly over time, the lower back will be affected by this unnatural and forced change of the column, and the space between vertebras will be reduced.
To return the skull in an upright position the chiropractor delegates all the work to the muscles thus creating a mass of tense muscles that prevent the body from reaching a natural wellness.
Paradoxically, in the first picture on the left, the child has a better posture than on the last one. In fact in the first photo his posture is that naturally sought by the body for the lesser power consumption and better health of the subject.
In fact in the picture before the treatment the skull is located in the area where it intersects the vertical line passing through the centre of gravity of the body. His cervical curve is definitely better than after the treatment and the shoulder blades, although winged, are free to move and don’t crush against the rib cage as is the last photo. The rest of the weight is distributed on a huge lumbar lordosis, which has improved in the last picture but only in a fictitiously way at the expense of the back and neck.
However, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that the boy had no significant improvement.
Failure Case #2
Let’s take as example another hyper lordosis. In this case (see photo below) the initial situation was not very serious. The lumbar-cervical hyper-lordosis in this case is not overly accentuated: it respects an almost physiological position; the shoulders are only slightly pushed forward; the back protrudes only slightly, creating a small hump.
Basically this subject was not that bad. But chiropractic manipulation generated a muscle compensation that has shortened the lumbar muscles giving the individual an almost embarrassing position.
In fact you can see how in the last picture on the right (at the end of the treatment) the subject is even bent backwards. This means that the muscles, manipulated by a chiropractor, have been shortened so much to pull in the rest of the body.
This result is not only sadly funny from the aesthetic point of view, but in fact it has generated very dangerous compressions of the organs and internal structures.
Let’s proceed step by step. In the succession of pictures you can see the method followed by the chiropractor to muscularly compensate the patient. For example, in the second photo (from left) it is easy to see that there was a useless and harmful shortening work of some specific rear muscle chains: lats, trapezius, rhomboid, lombar, external rotators of the shoulders etc.
This work compensation has generated two effects: first, if, at the beginning, the subject was looking down, in the second photo he looks toward the horizon. The problem is that such muscle compensation aggravated the lumbar lordosis and the dorsal hump. According to this chiropractor looking towards the horizon corresponds to a state of good posture. This is a symptom of profound ignorance.
In the third picture (from left) the chiropractor attempted to correct the hump or curved spine that was accentuated after the first cycle of sessions. In order to do this, he tried to bring the shoulders back shortening especially shoulders external rotators and rhomboids.
In order to bring the shoulders back and reduce kyphosis (the so called `hump`) he caused an increase in the problems that were already present. The lumbar lordosis has been even accentuated and the eyes are facing up: the classic posture of someone who has a lack of vertical dimension in the premolar and molar area.
Finally the last photo (fourth from left) is the result of the shortening of the rear muscle chains. Anyone that looks at the photos easily associates the patient’s posture to that of a person hanging on a hook. This person is really suffering because the vertebrae are compressed to the extreme.
Do you think this is a good result?
Failure Case #3
Let’s consider the desperate case of a patient who has curved back (hump) or dorsal kyphosis, lumbar hyper-lordosis, cervical lordosis and head falling forward.
We can see that after 15 sessions apparently his posture has undergone important modifications. In fact it even seems that the head has been brought back in the correct position on the vertical line passing through the centre of gravity, (but at what cost?).
Let’s reveal what lies behind this trivial magic trick.
This person differently from the other two did not suffer major manipulations so he was lucky not to have compensated too much. In short, his muscles have not been brought to a level of extreme tension as in the previous cases. At least he was not subjected to an extreme compensation; this is the only vantage point.
But then, why does it seem that his posture has changed so radically? It’s very simple, in the picture on the right the patient is struggling to stand straight. He is making a huge effort to simulate a posture at least acceptable. Most likely he is even unintentionally holding his breath to keep this posture. This happens when you do specific postural exercises which have a very limited effect in time.
You can tell this from his shoulders that are hyper-tense and directed upwards. In fact in the previous cases it was clear that the shoulders were relaxed. It is the compensated muscles that force them in an artificial posture.
In this case, however, as we have said, the patient strives to maintain the correct position.
I have no idea why he is struggling to stand straight clearly altering the result of the treatment. There may be several reasons that led him to alter his posture: he may have been specifically asked by the therapist; he is self-imposing it to himself; localized exercises may have caused a contraction of his muscles …
This posture is so forced that we are sure that after a few days the subject will be back in the previous posture as we can see in the “before” photo.
What is the Difference with Starecta?
Even a not experienced eye can see the difference of the results obtained with the simple and brutal muscle compensation and the results of the Starecta method.
By contrast in the results obtained by the Starecta method you can see a spine really stretched and a muscularly relaxed body. The muscles are not in tense spasm to force the body to bloody stand straight. In the results of the Starecta method the key to proper posture is assigned to the stretching of the spine. In fact, thanks to Rectifier ™ the spine literally unrolls because finally it can find space or vent upwards. In fact, the skull will not push anymore the spine in a reduced space. With the Rectifier the skull will get back in the correct position and will naturally stretch the spine.
The result is clear and you can easily see how the subject is straight thanks to a structure that it’s stretched upward. We will never stop to repeat how important is this factor and how profoundly different is from the muscle compensation method. Moreover over time the Rectifier™ removes all sorts of muscle compensation, bringing all the muscles of the body to work with their right length and symmetry with their antagonists.
Conversely in the results of the muscular compensation the subjects are not only more aesthetically ugly and awkward, but because of the muscles displacement, they are likely to suffer malfunctioning of their internal organs that are compressed and pressed by the manipulations, by postural exercises and the shift of the bones.
Everything depends on our postural bio-mechanism. Starecta method with the Rectifier™ straightens your body in a very simply way, even if you spend your time sitting on a chair. All other methods need an enormous amount of energy: stupid exercises, dangerous manipulations, losing money, zero results.