Skeletons: Halloween Props or Postural Role Models?

BOO!!!!! Because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (Hocus Pocus, anyone?!), I am going to take this opportunity to create a “teachable moment” using one of the most classic halloween symbols, the skeleton. You may be wondering where I am going with this, and some of you may have already made the connection. Either way I invite you to grab your favorite mini sized candy bar (or 3) and read along with me for a minute or two!


When most people see a skeleton decoration in a store front or neighbor’s yard this time of year, they probably don’t think much of anything beyond the notion that it may serve as a reminder to pick up some pumpkins, bags of candy, or even this year’s costume. However, when I see a skeleton, my brain goes immediately to one place: “spinal” alignment! Although some of them may be placed at awkward angles, for the most part these spooky friends of ours are almost perfectly symmetrical,  which is a far stretch from how most of the general population would look if you had the gift of X-Ray vision.

While it’s not realistic to be perfectly symmetrical, it should definitely be more of a priority than it is for most people to have proper spinal alignment. If you were to look at a plastic skeleton that was an actual representation of what most people look like, one hip would be higher than the other, one shoulder would be higher than the other, the vertebrae would be tilted and rotated, the neck and shoulders would be rounded forward, and the list goes on!

So what do you do about this? Get adjusted, obviously! Chiropractic adjustments focus on correcting spinal and extremity misalignments (known as subluxations) so your body can function optimally. When your spine and extremities are in proper alignment, your nervous system can function at its highest capacity, you exhibit proper joint biomechanics, and there are evenly distributed tensions on your myofascial system. So take a tip from your favorite halloween characters, and visit your chiropractor!

Jessica Duncan Propes