When it comes to personal health the posture is one of the most important, but overlooked factors. How does my posture affect my personal health? Quite simply, when the posture is off, the entire kinetic chain becomes out of balance. These muscular imbalances which are often caused from repetitive actions (how we sit, stand, sleep, work, etc.) cause added tension to the muscles. The body becomes stuck in these fixed muscular patterns. As an example, when someone is a side sleeper their hips, shoulders, and neck are often out proper alignment. We then go for a workout, play sports, music, run around with the kids, or even carrying groceries, these imbalances become exacerbated. As an example the back may now be out of alignment, if we are working out, carrying kids, or groceries undue stress may be placed on certain muscles. This is often when injuries occur.
In my practice I use postural analysis as an important tool in discerning what may be the root cause of my clients issues. While they are explaining what issues they are feeling that brought them in for a treatment, I’m visually looking at their posture. I’m looking for imbalances and patterns that may be the cause of the symptoms they’re feeling. I then develop a plan based on duration of the treatment and their previous experience with massage.
The treatment will be aimed at addressing the mis-alignments which are the cause of pain. When we re-align the body we add structural integrity. Structural integrity is when the body is properly aligned. When mis-aligned, we are putting extra stress on the joints, bones, spine, and muscles. After a treatment we strive to achieve structural integrity once again. The weight is now evenly distributed, the body is functioning how it was designed to function. When properly aligned the bones and muscles are working in unison. The kinetic chain is now ready to function optimally.
The severity of the issue, as well as duration of treatment are factors in how much re-alignment can be achieved in one treatment. Another factor is making sure we are stretching, foam rolling, ice/hot baths, epsom salt baths, etc to make sure we are taking care of ourselves so that we don’t have to wait until an issue becomes severe.
How do you feel your posture is?
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