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Welcome back folks. In Part I and Part II of this blog series you got some insight on the reasons why Posture is such an important part of our overall Health, Wellness, and Vitality. If you did not get a chance to check them out, I suggest you do. In Part III of this blog series, I will focus a little more on how we go from the good, to the bad, and to the ugly.
From the moment you are born, you begin to develop postural tendencies. Some are good habits and some are bad habits. Some are congenital by nature and some are created by injuries. Postural tendencies even have psychological and physical influences. It is virtually impossible to put any ones’ pieces to their Postural Puzzle together. The bad pieces to the puzzle do not always have a solution to fix, or ability to change. But, there are postural tendencies that are simply bad habits and once we become aware of those habits, we have the ability to fix them.
What are postural tendencies? The very first paragraph of this blog series pointed out a few of them. Once again…STOP! Do Not move a muscle… What are you noticing?
Well this might be an unfair question if you are already read Part I so there is a good chance that you are being conscious of your posture while reading this. However, what if you were standing? Would you have one foot pointed out to a side? Or on the opposite side of your other foot with a hip lean to the side? Are you crossing your arms? Which forearm is on top? Do you put your hands on your hips (ladies you know you do this often when getting your picture taken)? Never the less, while you mess around trying to figure out some of your own tendencies, I will put some pictures for you to see an even darker side of the postural tendency blindness we have.
Postural Tendencies from our jobs sometimes cannot be avoided or changed. It is important for us to spend time to Undo the Day. Our posture is our over health, wellness, and vitality so next time you are planning to workout, think about what positions and motor patterns are dominant throughout your day and avoid mimicking those movements in your workout plan. In fact, do the opposite instead, your body will thank you!
Often times our work habits and postural tendencies generate overused and overworked muscles. This musculoskeletal abuse then creates and perpetuates Trigger Points. Trigger Points can do a fantastic job of mimicking the symptoms that we seek medication for. The real fix is to perform Self Myofascial Release to the areas in which are over used. Looking at all the pictures in this blog, can you tell which categories you may fall into with your day-to-day life?
Generally speaking, there are so many factors that go into the development of posture. Here are some other quick examples: Poor lifting techniques, technologies, emotions/self-esteem, repetitive motions of sport or hobbies, our favorite relaxing positions, improper core exercise practices, the way we sleep, and even the biomechanical movements of daily tasks.
Well this will conclude Part III of this blog. It seems as as if our postural tendencies and postural habits can be dictated by our daily lives. Some tendencies are fixable through simple awareness and some tendencies are part of our daily tasks and are not fixable. No matter what the day does to our posture puzzle, we are responsible to take the time each day to counteract the destruction. Our health, wellness, and vitality depend on it.