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Healthy Living: Lori Brothers

May 9, 2013

Lori Brothers: Walking tall is good for the body

NEW CASTLE — Do you have neck soreness, back pain, or other posture problems?

Maybe it’s time to take a new stance about your health and well-being. May is National Correct Posture Month.

Your posture is directly related to how you feel in your body. It is also the way you meet the world.

Chiropractors, personal trainers, physical therapists, massage therapists can all be considered posture exercise professionals. They can help with pain management. Individualized exercise plans can be very powerful medicine.

As a certified yoga therapist, I have an eye for reading the information someone’s body gives me, just by the way they stand and move. Gravity is always pulling down. As a result, if you don’t pay attention to the patterns in your body, you may be living with the result of rounded shoulders, weakened muscles and connective tissues. Poor posture is all about losing body integrity.

Therefore, the downtrodden, the lazy and the weak also have a body screaming for more strength and flexibility. Your body may speak your emotions, even if you aren’t tuned into them. Depression and other heavy emotions may also show up in the expression of body posture.

Even your digestion and breathing problems may be influenced by poor posture. Ultimately, you will improve your health if you improve your posture.

Focusing on strengthening your posture is worth the effort. In as little as two to three weeks, you may feel a significant impact on re-patterning your joints, neck, shoulders and spine. The more you make the correcting patterns part of your daily lifestyle, the more lasting the result. This is how they become your new habits which influence you feeling well in your body.

Consider that your current patterns are part of your daily lifestyle. If you live without awareness of how you are standing sitting and moving, it could be part of the reason for those headaches, neck cricks and your nagging lower back pain. Your feet, knees, hips and ankles may also be shouting about your poor posture habits.

Improving your posture is an anti-aging decision that can also become a positive decision to help you avoid or repair injury.

Body awareness is a key component to correcting your posture. Tai chi, yoga and Pilates can be great resources for cultivating an intimate knowledge of what is healthy and unhealthy in your stance and posture.

Your seat and your feet are the foundations of your body. It is important to make sure that you sit in a supportive chair and wear supportive shoes. Pay attention to how you hold your body when you drive, speak on the phone or play video games.

At work, especially, it is wise to start addressing the demanding patterns that may be exhausting your body. Sitting at the computer, having to stand long hours or repetitive motion can negatively impact your body structure.

 “The Wallstand”can be an indicator of you skeletal/muscular health. Back up to the wall so your heels, buttocks, shoulders and head all lightly touch the wall while you keep everything level, relaxed and aligned – and take three slow breaths, feeling your body’s posture. Take note if you feel any areas of stress. If you do feel out of alignment or physically stressed, make a decision to develop a new stance for your health and well-being.

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