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HuffPOst Article regarding significance of posture on mental and emotional health May 21, 2015

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Here is a good article exploring an often overlooked aspect of posture health – the corollary effect on mental and emotional health. For us posture therapists this awareness has been noted for years of seeing from experience the connection between the posture profile and emotional profile. The weakness of the article in my opinion is the opportunity is not taken to mention specific disciplines dedicated to posture health like The Egoscue Method or PTX Therapy and others, referencing only general things like strengthening the back and yoga instead. That said it is worth a look and reports some very relevant research on the matter.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edith-ismene-nicolaougriffin/sit-up-straight-the-menta_b_7338440.html

More on the Perils of Sitting – New York Times Article December 2, 2012

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images-1I just read an article in the health section of the December 2 Sunday NY Times with more to offer on the modern perils of sitting too much. It is called “Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics”.  The gist of it is that more research is confirming what many instinctively feel is harmful with being stuck in a chair for hours on end. Here is a quote:

“The research comes more from observing the health results of people’s behavior than from discovering the biological and genetic triggers that may be associated with extended sitting. Still, scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. Extended sitting, they add, slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. Those are risk factors toward developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.”

A solution that has emerged is the now booming industry of ergonomic desks that are adjustable to an upright position allowing the computer user to stand or even walk while working.  I would say that is a positive step.

Of course, I have an additional or even should I say alternate solution ~ exercise for the integrity of your posture.  See my tab “Try These Exercises” on my website http://www.empoweredbodysolutions.com for a short routine to give postural input to your body when sitting too much. It is short enough to do at work if your situation allows. Let me know if it helps

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.

Un-smart Use of Smartphones! The Perils of “Text Neck” October 15, 2012

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/20/health/mobile-society-neck-pain/index.html

Your smartphone, or rather what you do with your smartphone is not so smart after all. See how neck and shoulder pain, spinal problems, and headaches can begin at a very early age with incessant use of “smartphones”.  Have you heard of “Text Neck”? Peer inside for a look. Hey, but use good posture when doing so!

Proper posture is the key to strength and health October 10, 2012

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Proper posture is the key to strength and health.
Here is a great video put up by Matt Whitehead at Portland Egoscue. It explores why posture should be the core idea behind strength and longterm health. It is by Kathleen Porter who also does great work on the issue of posture. It is about 7 or 8 minutes long.

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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