Awareness – Responsibility – Wellness

Welcome to my blog! My aim is to help you have a better understanding of how your body works, how you can look after it and make you aware of its intrinsic connection to the mind and emotions as part of a holistic approach. My experience as a chiropractor over the past three decades has taught me that you are very much in the driving seat and that you have at your disposal an array of ways and methods for self-care. Unfortunately because of the transgression of physical law, biological laws and mental and spiritual laws, there are many opportunities for degeneration and pain.

I plan to write a post once a week on Sunday evening, ready for the week with the aim to raise health awareness, to develop a sense of responsibility for self-care with wellness as it’s end goal. My wish is also to develop a dialogue with my readers and to engage in discussions and feedbacks. I will read every comment and will respond as I am able to and if you have a relevant topic you would like me to address, I will be happy to reply. I look forward to connecting with you.

We now live in a fast paced society, in a digital age where gadgets and computers rule. The body and the mind are not able to cope with the constant onslaught of stimulation and incorrect postures. As a chiropractor I am witnessing the rise of younger and younger patients who come to my clinic with adult problems such as back pain, muscle tension, RSI (repetitive strain injuries), depression, low energy, tiredness, insomnia, lack of concentration, low self-esteem and the list unfortunately carries on.

As the body grows and develops, it is vital that it does so evenly and in a balanced way. Many back problems can be prevented early on by correcting one’s posture and generally taking care of oneself with proper regular exercises and a balanced diet.

As the old adage goes “prevention is better than cure”!

As a first post I have chosen to write about posture and you may be forgiven to think that it is just about sitting up straight but please read on as I expand that notion into deeper levels.

Posture Part 1

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This article will be in four parts as I go into it in quite a lot of details. The aim is to raise your awareness of what incorrect posture does to the body and what the potential consequences might be as a result of ignoring mechanical laws which governs your skeleton frame.

By the end of this series, you will have a basic understanding of the following;

  • How your body functions
  • How incorrect posture affects your body
  • How you can make powerful changes and improve the way you feel.

OVERVIEW

What is meant by posture
Muscle imbalance
Poor posture: causes
Poor posture: effects
Good posture at work, home…
Remedial actions
What else can I do?

1. What do we mean by posture?

PHYSICALLY it is a static position of the body: the correct joints and muscles alignments
MENTALLY OR EMOTIONALLY it is part of an attitude
defensive
poor
bad
aggressive
confident
happy

YOUR BODY LANGUAGE

Your posture expresses the way you feel about yourself, others and life in general. It plays a large part in communicating to others:
how much you enjoy your work, your life
how you look after yourself
how you understand your body
how much stress and worry you have or have had

Experiment with different postures

KEY to good posture in the context of work for example, especially behind a desk, is how you fit your body within your surrounding furniture. It is how you understand the mechanical principles that govern your body and adapt them so that your body is in a balanced state with itself and not producing any tensed or stressed areas.

2. Muscle imbalance? and its effects (movers & postural)

Chances are that you have never heard of muscle imbalances and worse still, you don’t know that your own muscles are out of balance. But the reality is that everyone has muscle imbalances to some degree – regardless of age, sex, or level of fitness.

The way you will know that your muscles are out of balance is through pain and discomfort.
In simple terms, a muscle imbalance occurs when you have overdeveloped and tight muscles in one area of your body while the opposing muscles are weak and stretched out of their normal position. These imbalances can happen anywhere on the body and often develop as the result of the routine things you do while on the job, playing sports, or engaging in other activities you enjoy.

Here are just a few conditions that can develop as a result of muscle imbalances:
lower back pain
neck and shoulder pain
sciatica
frozen shoulder
knee pain, hip pain, foot pain and more …

to be continued, end of part 1.

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