The Fundamental Importance of Good Posture
Updated: Aug 15
Good Posture – An Absolute Necessity for Vibrant Health! If we take a moment to read this statement it comes as no wonder that vibrant health and bad posture are never found in the same body. All those years of our parents telling us to sit up straight and not slouch; this was indeed very, very good advice.
“More than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating to the physical body in it’s gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy available for thinking, metabolism and healing” – Roger Sperry, Nobel Laureate
Posture refers to how the body is aligned and positioned in conjunction with the force of gravity acting upon it. Regardless of whether we are sitting, standing or lying down, there is always a gravitational force that applies pressure on our ligaments, joints and muscles.
What does perfect posture look like?
With ideal posture, an imaginary line should drop from the ear through the center of gravity of the body passing through the tip of the shoulder, the center of the hip joint, the center of the ankle joint and slightly behind the knee joint. Seen from the front or back we should obviously be straight. This proper posture is a sign that we’ve evenly distributed gravity’s force throughout our body so that no one part is fatigued or overstressed.
“Poor posture causes tethering where the spinal cord pulls on the bottom of the brain! No wonder we see so many headaches and compromised immune systems” – Tim Errington, Chiropractor
Poor posture can result from car accidents, sports injuries, loss of bone density and sitting or standing improperly. Nowadays our sedentary lifestyle is the main culprit. When we drive or use a computer, we frequently have the tendency to lean the head and neck forward, which causes the spine to round forward too. The weight of the head and the upper body becomes heavy, and we must exert muscular energy and strain on the spinal ligaments to hold ourselves in this leaning position.
If you are unsure of what steps you should take for your particular posture problems, or if you feel pain in the neck and shoulders, you should definitely consider consulting with a chiropractor, the expert in these matters. He will help restore your proper body alignment and will provide suggestions and solutions for maintaining healthy posture throughout your daily lives.