Posture and Pain
Postural distortions start early and affect us as adults. Keep the muscles and joints happy with massage and change habits that throw your posture off balance.
From the time we leave the comfort of the warm, fluid-filled womb we deal with the force of gravity. As toddlers, once we learn to stand and walk our standing posture is the most affected and prized. Feeling tall and walking smoothly do wonders for our self-esteem, don’t they?
Our posture is the sum of all the emotional, physical and muscular stresses placed on our bones and joints. The longer we walk the planet the more opportunity we have to accumulate postural stresses.
The most efficient posture has the head, neck, low back, hip, knee and ankle lined up. Each joint supports the joint structure above. The force of gravity passes through each joint with little effect on the muscles and connective tissue when all bones and joints are in alignment.
Problems surface when we move off the center of gravity. Our joints no longer support each other efficiently; joint surfaces rub against each other and wear away (arthritis), disks in the spine bulge or rupture and the muscles that should move the joints end up providing structural stability becoming hardened and bone-like in the process.
We lose balance in our relationship with gravity when we are injured in accidents, develop tight muscles from various activities like work or exercise, our connective tissues become like cement and we choose to mask the pain symptoms with drugs rather than address the causes of pain to restore balance. Look around and you will see heads pushed forward of the shoulders (headaches and neck pain), large abdomens pulling on the low back (low back pain), knees locked when standing and hips rotated forward or backward to compensate.
Aging does not have to be associated with pain and confined movement. Often we use tools to help us fight gravity. Canes and walkers are examples of outside assistance to help deal with gravity’s relentless force pushing us down to earth. Keeping the muscles, connective tissues and joints healthy with proper nutrition, movement and massage maintenance can result in longevity and pain-free movement into and throughout the “golden years”.
The massage, Reflexology and Spiral Synergy approaches introduced in this website are effective in restoring muscle balance. You have to do something to change the outside factors leading to poor posture or the tension will keep coming back.
Instructional videos on this website show how to share massage with your partner or do self massage. If you have the funds to invest in a professional massage, seek out a massage therapist who has the skills and training to assist you in reaching your goals of pain-free movement.
You will be glad you did.