Posture and Flexibility
Posture and Flexibility are as inseparable as siamese twins. One cannot exist without the other, they are mutually interdependent. Working together, posture and flexibility can help to solve many body problems.
Why is Flexibility Necessary for Good Posture?
Someone with a tight, stiff neck, is not able to carry the head in the right place, centered vertically above the spine. This poor posture causes a painful neck, headaches, and shoulder cramps. Similarly, a person with flat feet has misaligned ankles leading to droopy knees, and a tilted pelvis – making it impossible to stand, walk and run efficiently. When accidentally falling over, a stiff person, whose stiff knees prevent a full squat, may tear tendons or even break a bone. Someone who is flexible on the other hand, will most probably get up unharmed from the fall. Oops! What can we do? We can simultaneously correct posture and increase flexibility for greater safety and to cure many modern ailments.
How to Correct Posture
To correct posture, the main joints in the body must retain a nature given mobility. A lack of full movement range in the joints puts unnecessary stress upon the muscular and nervous systems. Posture’s job is to hold up the body against the constant downward pulling force of gravity. When the columns of a building are out of lead-line, the building collapses. Similarly, when the large supporting bones in the body are out of alignment, much effort and energy is wasted on being uncomfortable. Systematic alignment of all the major joints in the body begins from the ground up as follows.
- foot arches
- shoulders and
Putting it another way, the joints must be flexible enough to reach the balanced positions required by a decent posture. Gentle targeted flexibility exercises can rebuild posture from scratch. The instructions in the links below are easy to follow and the exercises are pleasant to do. No stress, no pain, just gain. Once you become familiar with what is good for your body you will never want to stop improving until you attain a constant level of comfort, strength, balance and confidence.
Grow to Not Shrink?
The human body doesn’t actually shrink with old age. Like a folded up accordion, it merely allows its spinal and cervical curves to deviate and to deepen too much. But you don’t have to let that happen. For example, there is no such thing as a “short neck”. An over-curved neck looks short, but we all have 7 cervical vertebrae. Even a giraffe has only 7 neck vertebrae, but because evolution demanded from the giraffe to reach for food very high up in the trees, she stretched her neck so much, her neck vertebrae grew longer. You don’t need a giraffe neck but you do need to keep your given neck bones aligned, like acrobats, one above the other. Neck muscles can be trained to allow the cervical vertebrae to support the head high up (chin down) and balanced, with minimum effort, straight above the spine. Never allow the neck bones to be crushed down by the weight of your head (5/7 kilos)!
Let us not get ahead of ourselves haha and start at the beginning, the foundations of the body.
With improved posture and flexibility, you will be a new person. So bookmark this page to come back soon and get cracking. Talking of cracking, your joints will crack a little when you wake them up. No worries, like a rusty hinge on a door, joints crack when they have not been moving to full capacity. As soon as you start moving and breathing better, the cracking will stop.
Do you work on your posture? Do you help others improve theirs? Then you are welcome to share some of your approach. You may include photos, videos and up to two links back to your own website/s in your contribution.