The Power of Posture
Getting it Right
From “posturing for advantage” to “commanding posture” to the posture we take when we are feeling blue; posture has a lot of meanings and a tremendous impact on how we feel about ourselves and how we feel physically. Have you ever seen someone who is energetically upright with great posture express authentic sadness? It doesn’t happen. Sadness begs for slumped posture. It’s a requirement! On the other hand, it’s not too difficult to find people having an off day working to hold themselves upright trying to feel better.
Clearly, your posture has a big effect on how you feel. It is, to a large degree, a measure of your emotions. When I “look under the hood” of someone’s posture I can see how they are working to hold themselves upright (or not). I can learn about their emotions and their physical stresses, too.
When the people I work with get quiet internally, so their inner dialogue is quite calm, they can feel much that is going on with them. Their posture is a key component for them to experience and feel their life in the moment – a rare occasion in most lives. You might ask, “Does this have significance?” The answer is resoundingly, “Yes!”
The significance of posture is emotional, physical and mental, though we rarely pay it more than a moment’s attention. The emotional significance of posture relates to how we feel about ourselves (which impacts every story we tell ourselves internally (driving our beliefs)) and how we feel about ourselves greatly influences every interaction with others. The physical significance of posture has to do with the impact on every single organ, tissue and cell.
“Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to normal hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture. The most significant influences of posture are upon respiration, oxygenation, and sympathetic function…The corollary to these observations is that many symptoms, including pain, may be moderated or eliminated by improved posture1.”
Analysis of 1,353 participants from the Rancho Bernardo Study showed that persons with bent forward posture (meaning they needed a block as little as a two-thirds of an inch thick under their heads to keep their head posture neutral) had a 1.44 greater rate of death; death due to atherosclerosis and directly correlated with their posture2. That is a 44% increase in mortality based solely on their posture and all that their posture represents.
With closed-head injuries from sports such as football and hockey so prevalent in the news, it could be easy to think that it is some event that does the bulk of the damage to one’s posture. Certainly at times it is an event that has a big negative impact on one’s posture. However, in the vast majority of cases poor posture is due to repetitive small injuries that push or pull bones into positions that the body cannot, on its own, undo that is at the root of people’s posture problems and ALL of the MANY associated symptoms and problems, too.
Because we don’t have the muscles to restore our posture to normal on our own, GETTING IT RIGHT means finding an Advanced BioStructural Correction™ practitioner who can help you restore your posture to as near to the condition such that when you are standing barefoot or in socks on a flat surface and you breath in, breath out and LET your body slump (don’t make it slump) that it stays upright with your ears over your shoulders over your hips over your ankles WITHOUT EFFORT and with all of the bones lining up in gentle curves.
When your posture is improved, all aspects of your health improve. Strength will show up seemingly from “nowhere,” you will fatigue less in daily life and exercise, you will have more vitality and feel brighter and clearer and more balanced and grounded. It’s simply astonishing what changes for a person through the process of improving one’s posture – often to a level they never experienced at any time previously in their life.