HOW POSTURE AFFECTS STRUCTURES

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I’d like to give you some insight into how the structures of the body are affected with posture. If we look at the three main levels of structure, and why dealing with the deeper levels gives the best results.

I’d like to give you some insight into how the structures of the body are affected with posture. If we look at the three main levels of structure, and why dealing with the deeper levels gives the best results.

So, we have the hard structures, being the bones and joints. The next layers are the soft tissues with the muscles, ligaments and tendons. And finally, the fascia or connective tissue, that is present all through the body. It should be noted that all levels are connected, so they all need to be addressed.

We can make this clearer by applying some simple logic. If you release the joints with adjustments, it will feel better initially, however if no work is done to release tightness in the soft tissues, then it becomes plain that they will pull the joints back to where they were.

Next, applying the same principle, and releasing tension in the muscles without addressing the fascia, the same thing happens, everything goes back to their initial state of tension. So then, when all levels are dealt with, you have a complete result.

The beauty of this is that as you work on each deeper layer, the upper layers are released naturally. Releasing the fascia is the most important aspect, in any treatment or stretching programme.

GOOD HABITS FOR POSTURE

With bad posture, these structures are put in positions that cause tightness and distortions in how we could be better served. This is why stretching is so important, as it works every level when applied with clinical means.

Most times, we are unaware of our habits. So, a common one to consider is sitting on a chair with legs crossed. Why is this so bad? Well, the obvious thing is cutting off circulation.

However, what is also important to note, is that most times you tend to cross the same leg. This twists the pelvis constantly in the one direction. A distorted pelvis causes problems on many levels i.e. back pain, hip pain etc.

The pelvic area also has a lot of strong emotional connections. So next time you are sitting, and as you notice yourself crossing your legs, you will notice, as you uncross your legs, and sit upright how different you feel.

CORRECTING POSTURE WITH BODY WORK

When things have been let go too long, and pain is evident, the quickest way to correcting posture is by employing musculoskeletal body work. Combine this with prescriptive stretching, and desired results are achieved quite rapidly.

Bowen technique, Remedial massage & Myotherapy are very effective in getting into the deeper layers of the body. The points used in in Bowen therapy, trigger points as applied in Remedial massage, and acupressure points all correlate nicely. When the deeper layers are released, the body is free to make its own adjustments naturally.

The same applies to stretching, if it is to be effective. Rather than a random approach, applying focused clinical techniques is the key to getting faster and longer lasting results. So next time you’re having a stretch session, keep this in mind. And next time you’re sitting, be aware not to cross your legs.

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