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More on the Perils of Sitting and the Posture Solution April 30, 2014

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On my website I have a short article called “Achy From Sitting Too Much – Try These Exercises” about the problems associated with too much sitting in our society and beyond. I just came across a very detailed account of this problem in an article at Mind Body Green where it publishes an info graphic from FastCompany. Both websites are new to me but I am glad to see this problem get more attention. See below:

Just from the time I wrote the article a few years ago to now things have apparently gotten much worse in this regard. See how your own experience stacks up to these statistics in the info graphic.

In my article I point out that the “design requirements” of our human body are not at all met by the preponderance of sitting, computer use and so on. Our bodies get bent out of shape as muscles are disused and our bony frame misaligned, causing us much grief.  Hey, we evolved as upright beings after all! This all reveals the need to give the body the physical stimulus that is lacking in the sitting posture.  The exercises at the bottom of the article are examples of using posture alignment therapy developed by Pete Egoscue to do just that. Give them a try and tune into the muscles that are being used throughout. This routine won’t solve all your problems but give a sense of using postural muscles meant to get daily use. Feel free to contact me if you need more specific input.

In the meantime – stop sitting so much and get more active, your body will love you for it!

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Mark Sisson’s Recent Post About Workout Recovery August 15, 2013

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Mark Sisson’s Recent Post About Workout Recovery

As usual a pretty informed piece from Mark Sisson on the constituents of “recovery” with any exercise program. Use his 7 point recovery evaluation for your own exercise efforts and take stock of what is deficient. Then make some effort on this aspect and take note of the changes in how you feel.

Oh, and by the way, don’t forget the posture component of your workouts. One point that is a little different on the posture component is that in many ways muscles that function to align our body are meant to be “on” basically all the time. So this means that they need some daily input. Thinking in terms of the Paleo paradigm one could say that our ancestors always got the postural input by virtue of daily activity. Now we don’t – we have to basically supplement our lives with meaningful physical activity that serves our whole body’s needs and requirements. That’s the conundrum of our culture. More on that later…

Chris Martenson’s Interview with Mark Sisson, author of “Primal Blueprint” February 14, 2013

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Finally listened to Chris Martenson’s recent podcast interview with Mark Sisson of Marks Daily Apple and Primal Blueprint  fame. Very much worth your 30 minutes. He has done his homework on the subject of connecting the dots between our human genetic heritage and how we are meant to eat and move. Check it out here.

Move it or Lose It – Nourishing Your Posture! November 9, 2012

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One of my favorite sections of the “Pain Free” book by Pete Egoscue is the chapter on shoulders and common problems we posture alignment therapists see involving the shoulders. He offers the observation that in our society the shoulders are “in a box” with increasingly limited range of movement. It’s as if an invisible barrier prevents our arms from moving every which way they are designed to move. He talks about how our shoulders are both a ball and socket joint and a hinge joint offering an extremely broad range of movement possibilities.

Well that invisible barrier is very tied to the device I am using to write this post – the computer. It has my arms hugging my sides, only partially extended in a forward hinged position. Or maybe it’s the driving or any number of limiting uses of the full range our shoulder design allows. Guess what common shoulder position we see in almost everyone who comes in for a therapy session? Rounded forward of course!  That rounded position then becomes a curse should we decide to throw a ball or reach overhead for something – finding ourselves straining against the limits the changed positioning allows.

Then the other thing that is intriguing in this chapter is that one of the most important exercises used to restore proper shoulder position is his most famous “ecises” called the supine groin progressive which is all about restoring proper hip positioning from side to side. Hmmm, makes you wonder about how the hips and shoulders are connected?

So here are some things I want you to ponder from page 144 of Pain Free by Pete Egoscue:

When Was the Last Time You…

Got down on the floor?

Hung by your hands?

Crawled on your hands and knees?

Threw a ball overhand?

Threw a ball underhand?

Climbed a tree?

Bore weight over your head?

Reached behind you left and right?

Whirled your arms at the shoulder sockets?

Shoveled?

Climbed over a fence?

Climbed under a fence?

Stretched on tiptoes?

Raked leaves or grass clippings?

Pushed a heavy object?

Pulled a heavy object?

Swung a bat with both hands?

Swung a stick or a racket with one hand?

Carried more than ten pounds in each hand?

Lift more than 20 pounds with both hands off the floor?

Delivered a forceful blow with your arm and hand?

Held both arms up and out to the sides?

Put both your hands on top of your head?

Balanced on one foot?

Balanced on one foot atop a bench, log or stump?

Walked up a flight of stairs?

Took more than one step at a time (ascending and descending)?

Danced?

It’s quite a list isn’t? If we don’t use all the muscles involved in these and many other types of movements we are capable of by design then of course our body will begin to conform to the limited demands and become increasingly dysfunctional. It will become mal-positioned in its structure and then lots of problems start cascading.

Two things I recommend. The first is to get a copy of the Pain Free book and study it. The second is to start doing as many (and more) of the activities I just listed. They don’t have to be done all at once. Just consciously begin to engage in the kinds of activities and movements that utilize this wonderful body we are gifted at birth. Remember – move it or lose it!

Short Discussion of Pain Free Book by Pete Egoscue October 17, 2012

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Here is a short but useful commentary on Pain Free by Pete Egoscue. Brian Bradley of Egoscue shares some thoughts on using the book and particularly delves into the subject of the “Eight Laws of Physical Health” on page 28 of the book. This little tutorial gives a sort of macro view of the way The Egoscue Method views human health maintenance. If you are using the book and feel you could use further attention feel free to give me a call or email. This book should be in everyone’s home and is like (or better) having aspirin in the medicine cabinet. It has helped many thousands over the years and I constantly refer to it in my posture alignment practice.

Using the Wall Drop Exercise September 2, 2012

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This is a short video explaining the use of the Wall Drop exercise. It is commonly used in alignment therapy to address mis-alignment issues affecting the ankle, knee and hip joints, prompting the pelvis into a neutral position, aligning the spinal column, and more.

Exuberant Animal – short video of exercise style August 17, 2012

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I have been checking out the Exuberant Animal website lately. I found it to have lots of compatibility with many of my own views.  It isn’t all just about what we eat, how we exercise and the like. There is the issue of how we choose to be as humans and what is our history of becoming human that is explored in many of the elements of what Exuberant Animal seems to address. The site is linked in my blogroll. Take a look sometime. In the meanwhile, check out this short video here that is called the Short Form of an exercise style. I like it myself and I feel it complements the work focusing on body alignment using the Egoscue Method®.

The Couch Potato Goes Global July 20, 2012

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/the-couch-potato-goes-global/

About 3.5 million tons of that global human biomass is due to obesity, a third of which exists in North America, although we account for only 6 percent of the world’s population.

Hmmm, something to be proud of?

22 Bricks on Head, Not Recommend For Those Living in the USA July 9, 2012

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I often use this little video from Bangladesh to illustrate that in our society where much of our labor is a click of a computer key is quite different from situations where physical labor is the order of the day. Hence often the difference in posture. This man may have many problems in his life but poor posture is not one of them. Imagine yourself trying to do this! In our culture a forward head, distorted spinal column and rounded shoulders is the order of the day and a source of many painful conditions.

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