Good Posture vs/ Bad Posture
How much of beauty is good posture? Good posture makes you look younger, thinner, taller, more confident and more professional.
Think about the last time you felt a well-deserved sense of pride: did you stand straighter with your chin up and shoulders back?
You can breathe deeper, and your abdominal muscles get tighter as you stand up straighter.
Good posture takes pressure off of your spine, meaning less neck, back and shoulder pain.
Now think of someone who is tired, depressed, defeated, or ashamed. How does their posture look?
Slouch for a second, and take a look at your tummy, does it pooch out more than usual in this position?
Not only does bad posture project a less than ideal image, it is actually hazardous to our health, causing everything from headaches to arthritis to accelerated cellular aging. Slouching may make your tummy pooch out temporarily, but research shows that your posture affects your cortisol levels. That’s important because higher cortisol causes increased belly-fat storage long term. Bad posture may even worsen our mood, leading to feelings of helplessness and stress.
So…How Do You Improve Your Posture?
At first, that question seems ridiculous. To improve your posture, just stand up straighter, of course!
But how long does that last?
Posture is not a conscious effort to stand straight, this would be much too short-lived, as we are bound to get distracted by life.
The truth is, to permanently retrain posture, you need to use your sixth sense.
No kidding! Posture is under control of your proprioceptive sense. Proprioception is your ability to tell where your body parts are without looking at them. The spine is unique in that its alignment is controlled subconsciously through small receptors in your feet, joints, and neck muscles, as well as our eyes and inner ears. This input is processed in your primitive brain, which sends messages to your muscles to stabilize your body in relation to gravity.
There is no single way to permanently change your posture, no brace or yoga class or but you can use an ideal combination of things in a specific order. Increasing your flexibility, in a safe, natural way. Improving the motion between the bones of the spine. Improving your proprioceptive sense. And of course, appropriate exercises.
Most of all, training your muscles–not the big motion muscles, like your biceps, not even what most people call the “core” when referring to the abdominal muscles, but the tiny postural muscles between the bones of your spine. These are the muscles you’ve never worked in a gym, maybe even never heard of: the multifidi, rectus capitis posterior major, the deep cervical flexors. You wouldn’t work them out in a gym, because they don’t respond to big movement. They respond to isometric contraction, or contracting without motion.
You wouldn’t work them on both sides, but would want to work them in a mirror image of your bad posture! If you lean to the right, wouldn’t you want to train the muscles on the left? What would training both the left and right at the same time do? This is why it’s so important to get a customized isometric exercise plan.
Why I do Posture Correction
When I was young I had a headache every single day, and I felt helpless to control them (it was more like they were controlling me). I was easily distracted, because I was in pain, and I might have to take aspirin three times a day to feel normal enough to concentrate in school. When I started treatment with a chiropractor, the headaches stopped…on the days I was adjusted. Two days after an adjustment, they would return. Yet I was happy with this, because it was literally the only thing that relieved the pain for more than an hour or two, and allowed me to enjoy life. And because I didn’t know any better.
It wasn’t until I decided to become a chiropractor that I finally learned about posture correction. I felt bewildered that nobody had ever told me about this before! Through posture correction treatment and by applying my customized exercise plan at home, for the first time in my life, I could go weeks without an adjustment with no headaches! I was over the moon!
But, after a while of feeling good…well, I began slacking on my exercises. I guess it’s human nature. After all, how many folks lose weight only to gain it back again? Within a few months of goofing off, I was shocked to realize that my headaches were back! Fortunately, I remembered my exercises and was able to make some improvements by myself, without needing much treatment at all. I felt empowered, knowing that I had the ability to change my suffering and take control of my body. Those customized exercises really were amazingly powerful.
Today, I employ one of the best tools in the world for creating customized exercise plans: a video x-ray! When we can view in high-def real time how your spine is moving, we can determine the perfect exercises to help reduce any bad posture. Right now we are the only place in Tulsa that has this technology. That’s right, if you’ve had someone recommend a customized exercise program to you in the past, how did they know for sure it was perfect for you? I tried many exercise plans before I found posture correction, and I definitely didn’t get even a tenth the lasting relief with any of them.
What I really want is to show you as soon as possible that there is another way to live. That’s what I kept asking, the whole time I was going through the posture correction treatment: “hey, this really works! Why didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner?!” When was the last time you felt empowered over your symptoms? Let me show you how posture correction could help you feel better, look better, age better and function better. Call 918-392-1913 and ask for more information on posture correction. If you’re like me, you can’t possibly learn soon enough.