Last updated on January 17th, 2019
Vision and Posture
Ever wonder if your vision has anything to do with your posture? The visual system controls 70% of postural coordination and movements!
Your vision is also affected by the muscles that control eye movement. There is a complex neurological connection between those parts and your brain. So your intuition is right on track if you have been feeling like maybe your vision is contributing to bad posture.
Three places to keep your eye on
#1 Posture position
When you are not sitting correctly either at the desk or in the car ask yourself this; did your eyes set up that position or are your eyes following along? For example, slouching in front of the computer may start because we are straining to look at a screen or if you are texting most people look down resulting in a hunched body posture. I recommend sitting up straight at your computer then setting the screen to fit the posture. This way if you slouch or strain your eyes you know you need to take a break or get your eyes examined.
A cause of Forward Head Posture can come from a person’s habit of accommodating to see through their glasses in order to see the object in front of them. Unfortunately the longer a person has been accommodating for their vision the longer the brain has wired itself to perpetuate the habit and therefore the posture.
Researchers have found that individuals develop abnormal head posture with the use of glasses https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10532361. Studies reveal forward head translation increases to achieve right line of sight. Other eye conditions such as eye misalignment, eye dominance, nystagmus, ptosis, and refractive errors play their part in vision and posture.
#3 Eye muscle weakness
Clinically there are many disorders that can result in severe dysfunction of the muscles of vision. There are however, mild to moderate dysfunction that often times gets overlooked because it’s not quite bad enough. In nearly every brain based vision exam I see clients that show weakness in their eyes that they didn’t realize. The passage of time with this weakness had created neurological imbalances that was seen in a posture assessment.
The most common posture distortions I will see are head tilt and head rotation. A head tilt and rotation for example, may come from the vestibular system (inner ear) and/or cerebellar dysfunction. I often find one sided eye muscle weakness correlating with head tilt or eye dominance in head rotation.
The health and proper function of your vision is critical part of having good posture. Be sure to have an eye exam and to see if you are losing “sightedness”. If you notice that your head is tilted or that you are noticing you are slouching have a friend take a picture of you in that position. Many times you can make adjustments to reduce the bad posture just by changing the daily habits that tie into your visual activities.
Poor posture from neurological breakdown and subsequent dysfunction compels the need to find a posture expert. Find a practitioner who understands and can assess your vision in relation to your posture. With their help you can develop a program that will help improve your posture and perhaps even your vision!
Dr. Paul Paez, DC, NRT, NET, CMT
National Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), trained in clinical nutrition (NRT), neuro-emotional release (NET), and Massage Therapy (CMT). Dr. Paul holds the rare triple distinction of Certified Posture Expert, Certified Posture Neurologist and Certified Posture Ergonomist by the American Posture Institute. Posture Possible is the very best resource for posture information.