Setting things straight with the American Chiropractic Association

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Slouchere We all make mistakes. The difference is, when you make one, you probably don’t get contacted by someone from the American Chiropractic Association in Arlington, Virginia.

Or maybe you do.

In which case you may want to consider leaving this blog right now and going in for an adjustment.

But unless you mistakenly informed readers that last month was National Correct Posture Month when, in fact, we’re all free to slouch until May, I’m guessing you’ve never gotten an email from Angela Kargus, Communications and Public Relations Manager for the ACA.

There are two things I know about Angela:

1) She is very nice.
2) She probably has excellent posture.

I also know she read my column a couple of weeks ago. As Angela pointed out, it proclaimed “National Correct Posture Month” in the wrong month and also provided recommendations on how to avoid slouching that Angela informed me were “outdated.”

It’s true. Even as a trained professional, I somehow overlooked the more recent recommendations made specifically for today’s slouching public. Because of this, I’d like to apologize. Particularly to those of you who, based on my recommendation, are being followed around by someone with a bullhorn yelling “SLOUCHER!” whenever you slump your shoulders.

I think Angela and I would agree you should stop this immediately because, to be quite honest, it’s possible you have more important issues to deal with than posture.

Not that posture isn’t important.

It’s EXTREMELY important.

In fact, I’m posturing right now.

My point is, as a journalist, there’s nothing more important than credibility. Except for maybe having Spellcheck. That’s why when we in the news media make a mistake, we hold our heads high. We step forward. And we admit, through an error in judgement, we hired James Frey as a fact checker.

However, this wasn’t the case when it came to the errors in my “slouching” column. No. I’m taking the burden of that mistake squarely on my shoulders because that’s what columnists with good posture do.

First, because I have no one to blame but myself. And second because, thanks to the ACA website, I now have the name of a good chiropractor. Though I have not gone to him yet, his nickname “Dr. Thunder Thumbs” certainly has me intrigued. So intrigued that I haven’t slouched in nearly a week — and that includes while sleeping or using the commode, which I once did simultaneously. But that was a long time ago in a friend’s dormitory.

I would like to say even though I was wrong about “National Correct Posture Month,” National Spinal Health Month is fast approaching


And so is Auto Battery Safety Month. My suggestion is to actively participate in both by combining the two and hooking a pair of jumper cables to your…

On second thought, I’m going to check and make sure this idea meets the approval of both the United Spinal Association and someone from Die Hard.

That said, I’d like to thank Angela and the ACA for straightening me out on the whole posture thing.

(Ned Hickson is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation. His first book, Humor at the Speed of Life, is available from Port Hole Publications.)

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11 thoughts on “Setting things straight with the American Chiropractic Association”

  1. Hah! if my back wasn’t sore before, it sure is now!! Comes from being hunched over while reading this fine post.

    I am having to learn how to limit my spine-crackling (cracking) movements. Someone told me that it would be good for my health. I think they are BS-ing me cause when I creak, I sound like a wooden ship cresting waves. And we all know how loud the resulting creaking and cracking can be…

    1. They are definitely BS-ing you Juan. If I were you, I would follow their advice and wait until you are around them, then begin creaking and cracking as much as possible. Hopefully somewhere relatively quiet, like a funeral or wedding.

    1. I’ve always lived by the rule: “You can’t trust a writer who doesn’t slouch.” By the same token, you can’t trust a sloucher who doesn’t write. If you ever come to visit when I’m in a nursing home, I’ll be easy to find.

No one is watching, I swear...

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