Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:37
A few reasons for back pain or poor posture
A FEW REASONS FOR BACK PAIN OR POOR POSTURE
If you struggle to maintain good posture or experience back pain It could be some or all of these contributing factors.....
Tight abdominal or core musculature either from unbalanced workout...s for example excessive amounts of crunches etc. trying to get a six pack and then not performing the proper extension movements to keep the body balanced. It could also be sitting for extended periods of time in a hunched and flexed position like someone who sits at a desk all day. It cold be both. These possible factors will then cause the abdominal musculature to shorten and pull down on your rib cage causing your upper back to work extra hard to keep you upright. Due to this your back muscles then get tight, tired and begin to ache, also loosing their ability to maintain an upright posture, placing unnecessary load and stress on the joints and wasting energy overusing the muscles that are trying to hold you up. What individuals then tend to want to do , professional or otherwise, is address the area that is feeling the discomfort. In our example it is the back, which they will then perform excessive amounts of massage, stretching and or heat to. This may feel better at the moment but never addresses the root cause, which was potentially the tight abdominals. In fact the issue could be made worse by relaxing those back muscles via the massage and stretching allowing the tight abdominal muscles to pull your structure even futher out of alignment.
This kind of balaning act is going on constantly with every muscle in your body.
YOU MUST PRACTCE DAILY, ACTIVE ALIGNMENT FOR YOUR STRUCTURE TO MAINTAIN BALANCE, PREVENT BREAKDOWN AND PERFORM OPTIMALLY.
The absolute best way I have found to do this is through Yoga. In particular Eischens yoga. The body must be addressed as a unit and regular stretching does not accomplish this. With the Eishens yoga you also help to re inforce good "muscle memory" so that your body learns to better hold itself in a more ideal, effeciant and stable position.
Yours in health,
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