We have been brainwashed in to thinking that “aging” results in a failing body but the fact of the matter is that it does not have to be that way. Yes the chemical make up of our body changes but that is no reason for us to assume poor posture is inevitable. Like it or not daily effects of stress and trauma add up and take their toll on our body but we also know that our body can heal itself from the inside out. So what are you doing to aid your body’s healing mechanism?
So we have learnt that if we have correct posture we are more sound in mind and body so why not start there? What have we got to lose?
Degeneration occurs when we allow our spine to stay in a position that it was forced in to by chemicals, bad habits and inactivity. SO your sure fire way of staying as young as you feel is to maintain that posture in it’s ideal position.
Prolonged poor posture leads to a lessening of innervation to our body parts. We have an ideal posture and if, for example, the curve of your neck is not in its correct position then the spinal nerves that come from the spinal cord and exit through the spaces between the vertebrae of our neck are impinged and thus not allowed to work efficiently. This means that the flow of information between our brain and relevant tissues and organs cannot receive/give the correct or full amount of signals.
It all relates to the lifestyle we as a community has “evolved” to undertake. We have gone from being standing, running beings to sitting at desks, sitting on the train, sitting in front of the television. It is ruining the natural curves of our spine and thus harming the ability of our body to communicate with itself giving symptoms of back pain, neck pain, headaches, slipped discs… the list goes on.
So what can we do? It is pretty simple really – there are a several things that we all can and should be doing. Firstly you are what you eat! Take note of the ingredients of foods that you are purchasing. If you cannot pronounce the ingredients it is pretty safe to say that they have been processed and bare little resemblance to the food it originated from. Our bodies are designed to thrive on foods high in protein because protein is the building block of the cells in our bodies. Put down that Maccas burger and go to the grocery store and pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables! Combine that with some beef, fish, chicken or protein of your choice and what do you know, you have a natural healthy meal that your body will thank you for! It doesn’t take as much time as you think to prepare your own meals, all it requires is a change in attitude towards food preparation, being organised, and making the kitchen a fun place to be.
Secondly we are designed to be active beings. If you can implement a standing work-station at work then do it! Walk to work, ride your bike. We have been taught that 30 minutes of daily exercise is sufficient but realistically it means that we are still sitting for 75% of our day! Instead of having a meeting over a sit down coffee, get them to go and have a walk and talk! Again this requires a change in attitude and planning.
Finally, and most importantly, to get your posture back to where it should be and to maintain that (because lets face it we all do things that are going to put out our posture and so there is no quick fix… maintenance is the key) see your local chiropractor! The chiropractors on the lower north shore (Crows Nest and North Sydney) Spine and Health, are the experts in pain and posture. They understand the importance of having ideal posture and help hundreds of people on a daily basis to help themselves by slowly but surely encouraging their spine to the position it was intended to be in.
Every person is different and every posture is different but we all know those people who stand taller seem more confident and healthy so why cant we have that too!? Well the answer is that you CAN!
Do you have poor posture or are you suffering from degeneration? To have your posture digitally analyzed and to start your path to looking better, feeling better and moving better come and see one of our chiropractors today:
Crows Nest Ph 9460 8459
North Sydney Ph 9955 8055