Good Posture – An Absolute Necessity for Vibrant Health!
“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”
– Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Laureate
If we take a moment to read this statement it comes as no wonder that never is vibrant health and bad posture 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.
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.
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.
Your head should be directly on your shoulders, not leaning forward, hanging on tired muscles. If you have a loss of height, a slouching of the shoulders, rounding of the back or forward leaning of the head, then these are indications of poor posture. This impedes lymphatic drainage in the neck and causes strain on the posterior neck muscles. This is where the tight achy shoulder blades come from. It also, worryingly, causes ‘tethering’ where the spinal cord pulls on the bottom of the brain. No wonder headaches and compromised immune systems abound. The extra weight on the discs will also inevitably lead to premature arthritis of the neck. Poor posture can also include a forward tilting of the pelvis leading to chronic lower back pain, weakness and pain in the legs and premature spinal arthritis of the joints and discs….or worse! All this is usually avoidable but if the process has already started then luckily it is never too late to improve things. But it certainly needs a call to action!
“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”
– Dr Tim
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 upper body becomes heavy, and we must exert muscular energy and strain on the spinal ligaments to hold ourselves in this leaning position.
Awareness is the first step to correct this eventually disabling affliction. We need to be conscious of how we hold ourselves all the time. Take a look at the people around you when out and about. There is a direct relationship between posture and overall health. If you see someone with an obviously poor posture then that person certainly has a stressed system and is moving away from health.
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.