What is the first thing people notice about you? You guessed it – your posture!
Did you also know that your posture directly affects your health? If you or your family are not feeling the best, posture could be the problem. It’s something we rarely think about. Posture is the unconscious position assumed by our body in response to gravity. It can be influenced by the genes we inherit, and by the way we use our body during regular activities such as standing, sitting and sleeping.Improving our posture is the simplest way to improve all our body’s functions, from breathing to digestion, hormone production and even our immune system.
Most of us were told to sit and stand up straight as children. It seemed much easier to slouch than to stay up straight, didn’t it? Here’s some news: it doesn’t have to be hard to change the way you use your body. I’ll prove it. First, let’s look at the facts.
Forward Head Carriage is an Epidemic
Our modern day life places our bodies under different kinds of stresses and demands than nature intended. Sitting in classrooms, on the lounge watching TV, and at computers for long periods are just some of the ways we start to develop a forward head carriage and slouch.
It’s a proven fact: “Every inch of forward head posture can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol 3.
When our body weight is not rested squarely over our skeleton, we put strain on the muscles of our neck and lower back. Apart from chronic fatigue, this can cause pain and premature ageing.
In order to offset the forward head carriage, our upper backs become rounded and our lower backs sway backward. (This means we look shorter and rounder.) What’s worse is that our bones and discs become compressed, the nerves that run through the spine are affected, and eventually our bodies don’t work the way they should.
Some more important research to back this up: “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine” Dr. Roger Sperry, (Nobel Prize recipient for brain research)
Dr. Sperry demonstrated that 90% of the energy output of the brain is used in relating our posture to gravity. Only 10% has to do with thinking, healing and metabolism!
So, do you want to enjoy better health, improve your appearance and age well?
Read on for some simple ways you can regain great posture.
Yours in health,
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Thomas A. Edison
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