I cannot state strongly enough how important posture is to your everyday well being and health. As I have often said it is those things we do every day, over and over which all too often set the groundwork for issues that many of us encounter.
How often during the average day do you find yourself doing these things?
Always try to remain symmetrical as much as possible. Imagine one hand at 10 o'clock and the other at, let's say 5 o'clock. Just imagining these positions you can see straight away how one arm and shoulder are automatically lower.
That would be fine for a while. But, imagine this position hour upon hour, day after day, year after... You get the picture. All of a sudden you're on your way to chronic imbalance in your upper torso, neck and shoulder.
Take a look at the trio of folks in the picture to the right. Which one would you say might require the least amount of corrective work done? I know, it's obvious, right? Well, that's the point, we are all experts at judging how other sit, move, walk e.t.c. Turning the spotlight on ourselves is a different story.
Why do you think this is so tricky for many of us to change the way we do things? In a word - Comfort (some say laziness, I prefer the carrot to the stick). We'll come back to this shortly.
Well! Where do I start with this young lady? Ha! Hips seem to be level, but look at her right leg, posterior to the left, and rotated inward from the hip. Her right shoulder seems level with her right hip, BUT look at the anterior/forward rotation of her left shoulder, creating a concave effect from one shoulder, across the top of her chest to the other shoulder.
Again, for 5 minutes - heck, for an hour- it's fine, and possibly incredibly comfortable for her.. But over time... You guessed it... She will really need me!
Now, what was I saying about comfort?
As I mentioned earlier, it is most often those seemingly small things that each of us do over and over again, year upon year, that lead to us having to seek the help of someone who does what I do. Being comfortable can do more harm than good when that comfort comes at the cost of good or consistent body mechanics.
The problem is, our body repeatedly sets us in those positions that we have previously found comfortable.
I mentioned the word 'lazy' before, well, if we would rather be comfortable than correct in our posture and body mechanics, that makes us, in a way, lazy. Until, that is, we have trouble doing those complicated things like standing up, leaning over or climbing stairs.
The only advice I can give is to pay attention now. I will be more than happy to help you with this, answer any questions you might have e.t.c.
Trust me when I tell you, maintenance now hurts a Whole Lot Less than fixing the effect of complacency down the road.
I hope this helps. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Lee A. LMT
Client: So...where did you get your training?
Massage Therapist: Prison.
Client (hushed gasp): Oh.
Why did the Massage Therapist have to quit their job?
He kept rubbing people the wrong way.
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