POOR POSTURE HAS MANY SIDE EFFECTS

Posture workshop Sat May 16, 9:30 at Flowood YMCA.  Make plans to be there.  Posture picture will be taken, a few stretches/exercises will be given and some decompression breathing will be taught.  You can be on your way to reducing pain issues and improving your health.  Feel free to bring anyone who could benefit.

Cost: 20.00 for Y members.    30.00 for non members.       

   We are often commanded to “stop slouching” and understand this to be a bad habit. But do you know why?

 Poor posture creates several repercussions – both physically and mentally. In this article, I aim to shed some light on the topic and explain why we should pay attention to our posture and how to reverse the slouch.

 

 

Poor Posture Is Exhausting

Our brain is busy making sense of the data it collects in our over-stimulating environments. Lights, sounds, smells, terrain all require a part of our brain to process and guide our actions. Mental stimulation has benefits, but too much is taxing on both our brain and postural alignment.

 

Applying muscular strength to sit or stand tall and lengthen upward with our torso requires both mental and physical energy. Without adequate mental downtime, our muscles fatigue. This compromises alignment and postural integrity. When we are well rested, strong and flexible, we remain more upright, with good spinal extension. Our ribcage broadens, torso lengthens and taking deep, full breaths becomes easier without the weighty restrictions of anterior collapse compressing into our lungs.

 

The Anatomy of Poor Posture

When we slouch, our head juts forward and tilts down, flexing anterior neck muscles and over stretching trapezius, splenius, and longissimus. Blood, nerve innervation, and airflow become labored. Vertebrae can be easily pulled out of alignment, creating curvature imbalances along the spine and in some cases causing nerve impingement.

 

“Nerves in our neck, collarbones, torso, between the ribs, and through our core can become impinged, lessening their ability to relay signals between our brain and body.”

The pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, subclavius, and sternalis muscles become hypertonic (excessively strong) and pull shoulder blades forward with an anterior rotation in the upper arm bones. This causes the sternum and chest to pull inward toward the front spine and down toward the pelvis. This adds more pressure on the diaphragm and inhibits its ability for an unrestricted inhalation.

 

Nerves in our neck, collarbones, torso, between the ribs, and through our core can become impinged, lessening their ability to relay signals between our brain and body. The phrenic nerve is an important nerve branching off the spinal cord between the third and fifth cervical vertebrae. It runs along the neck and branches off to areas around the heart, pericardium, lungs, and diaphragm. It is the only nerve that supplies signals for our diaphragm to function.

 

                                                                                                                                                       


WHICH POSTURE IS YOU?

Tue. Jan 6,2015:
After our first day back to work how does everyone’s neck feel? Do you feel a little strain after getting back to your office chair? Getting back to the keyboard and computer screen? How many of you got up from your desk to stretch out a little? Do you feel the stress in your neck, shoulders, mid and low back? Take a look at the picture below:

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These are some of the most common postures. See if you can pick the one that fits you. Most people are clueless to the type of posture they have or the effects of that posture.
Most people that I work with have posture number 3 and 4 of varying degrees. Most are in the mild to moderate range of the posture progress into to deep of a curve…and I have some much more severe. I can promise you those with desk jobs your muscle fatigue/pain is from these postures coupled with sitting to much.
What to do? You can not just say, well this is how I am built! You have to correct the posture, work on the muscles and start moving more. If not, you will be bent slap over! People get bent over from to many years of poor posture and muscle imbalance…not because they have gotten older!
FOUNDATION TRAINING will correct posture issues and muscle imbalance. FOUNDATION a TRAINING a is serious, medicine, exercise and therapy for body issues. FOUNDATIONS TRAINING is easy to learn and inexpensive. Invest in your health…invest in your body…you are worth it!
If you want to enjoy retirement when you leave that desk job…you better get started!
MOVEMENT MATTERS,
Stevey
Steveygaddis@yahoo.com

POSTURE AT YOUR DESK

Monday July 14,2014
That was a quick weekend that just past! I’m up early getting this post completed and off to the gym then the dentist office. I do have a desk job just like so many other millions of people. Luckily, my job does require a lot of moving around in the office. Also, knowing all I know about the body…I would not dare stay glued to that chair all day. This leads to my topic of the day…posture at your desk.
I will show you a picture of poor posture at a desk and a picture of good posture at a desk. If you see yourself in the poor posture position…start today making corrections. The corrections will feel different…maybe even uncomfortable, but you must start applying the proper technique. Notice when you make the corrections how quickly you return to the old posture. That’s because your muscles remember the old posture…it more comfortable, but it is going to disfigure you over time and cause so many pain issues because of the muscles imbalances you are creating.
FOUNDATION TRAINING will lengthen these muscles and strengthen them in no time. I practice proper sitting everyday and thanks to FOUNDATION TRAINING…I have great body awareness and can hold positions for longer periods of time. Because of FOUNDATION TRAINING…It’s just more natural to sit and stand properly…saving my back and neck! When I do feel tightness starting to happen I know what to do!
One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to learn FOUNDATION TRAINING.
Contact me for more information. I teach privately or you can get a group together. You can even buy the DVD or learn from the book if that is your style. Click on FT/MOVEMENT MATTERS in the bottom left hand corner to order.
Study the pictures…then let me know how you did implementing the changes. Have a great Monday and let’s get healthier together!

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GOOD POSTURE IS THE TICKET TO A HEALTHY BODY!

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FORWARD HEAD SYNDROME
How do so many people end up like this? There are many factors that contribute to this, but at the end of the day it’s summed up as “weak” posterior chain muscles.
Desk jobs, working on computers all day, texting, factory jobs where you are always looking down on a conveyer belt, lack of good posture when standing and walking, carrying heavy backpacks everyday, and so many other repetitive movements lead to this.
How to avoid this common appearance…AWARENESS! Practice good posture when doing all the above movements. We all have to go to school and to work. Pick those heads up,retract the shoulder blades, pull the chin in and slightly down, navel pulled back towards your spine, carrying your weight over the heels. Try it! If this feels awkward or is difficult to do…you are headed for trouble. FOUNDATION TRAINING will teach you proper movement patters.
I am working with a gentleman right now with this issue. His head is so far forward he can not get his torso over his hips! Imagine having 30 extra pounds protruding from your neck over your toes! This is a recipe for disaster!
Look at your child with his backpack on and see what he looks like. Look at your co workers today and notice how the sit in their chair at the computer.
When you are at the grocery store today waiting in line notice all the people texting…what do their bodies look like? If you are a busy surgeon, what does your neck and shoulders feel like after a long case?
Good Posture is your ticket to a healthy body and overall better health as the years go by! PRACTICE FOUNDATION TRAINING!

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Contact me to evaluate your posture and muscle weaknesses. You will be amazed at what you learn and what you feel!
Let’s change the way you move with Foundation Training!

FOUNDATION TRAINING IS MEDICINE

Monday May 19, 2014
Here we go…Monday Madness. I am up and have a very busy schedule this week.
Wanted to take a minute to talk about the weekend I just had. No, I’m not going to talk about my yard work or my golf game… I’ ll talk about my Foundation Training experience.
I have worked with a lot of different people since I began teaching FT last November. Most of the people are your average everyday people. A lot of them already do some form of exercise, and move a round well. These people catch on quick to FT and see what I am talking about with their posture and movement patterns. They love FT and feel the difference in their bodies. This is awesome.
I am now running across some clients who are completely opposite. These clients have absolutely no body awareness, most of these people do very little exercise, and their movement patterns are so terrible. This particular person I worked with Saturday needs FT desperately.
Body type lordotic, extreme forward head, feet pointed out, overweight, and complains of pain daily. As I showed her how some of her posture contributes to the pain you could see some light bulbs flashing. I placed her in some better posture positions and she was amazed at the different feelings. Amazed at how terrible week her thoracic area was from that forward head. I added some breathing work and barely touched on hinging, but gave her enough to start practicing daily at home.
Everyone needs Foundation Training! People like the client above really need it because they are really close to being non-mobile completely and their pain is only going to get worse. Imagine a client like this falling and breaking a hip…
Foundation Training is medicine! If you are ready to give it a try just let me know. If you know of someone who really needs FT just message me.
FT works…will improve movement patterns…and will make you feel better!
Have a great day and for those of you who know Foundation Training…do a founder!

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