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Lovely High Heels and Stilettos Are Not So Lovely for Your Back!

red, glossy high heels imageOoh la la! Those high heels, specifically stilettos, are charming! Manahawkin Chiropractic Center may even find them charming, but ... "To wear or not to wear?" ... that is the question.

Sorry, gals! Unless there's a runway in Manahawkin, you may want to abstain those high heels. They make the leg look long, but may stress the back muscles and even the neck muscles! The research is stronger in the "don't wear" league than the "wear" category, but why? That's a little confusing.

So, let's ruminate on the "wear 'em" research - Younger women have an increase in pelvic range of motion in the sagittal plane throughout high-heeled gait compared with low-heeled gait and walking without shoes. Regrettably, middle-aged women don't enjoy this response. (3) Hum? Not too much in the "wear 'em" research which doesn't blindside your Manahawkin chiropractor.

Now, let's look at the "don't wear 'em" research - erector spinae muscles get taxed which may lead to muscle overuse and lower back pain (1); lumbar lordosis is increased which may lead to lower back pain (2); cervical paraspinal muscle activity escalates especially in 45-55 year olds which leads to the suggestion to not wear stilettos as it is hazardous and may lead to chronic paraspinal muscle fatigue (3); high-heeled walking challenges the nervous system as it solicits a more complex and less predictable pattern of ankle control than barefooted walking (4). Heels put your spine, lower back and neck even at risk for pain.

So, we chiropractors typically recommend not wearing high heeled shoes or stilettos, choosing to err on the side of caution. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center does know some Manahawkin women who love their high heels, so we just ask you to be careful. Wear them limitedly. If you have any increased back pain, drop down to a pair of lovely flats, and contact us for a chiropractic treatment to re-align your spine and relieve your neck pain and back pain. It's all a matter of balance...in shoes and life!

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