The importance of a correct posture
A correct posture is important from an aesthetic point of view, most of us might say. Yet, it is also important from a medical point of view.
We are impressed by the presence of a straight person, showing confidence, stability and self control. It is the posture we expect from a leader. We tend not to like those adopting defensive postures, with lowered shoulders, looking like a question mark or in a permanent and hesitant meandering.
It is true that the posture says a lot about the way we live and feel, but it also shows how functional our body is. Its influence is not only aesthetic and social, it is mainly medical.
The health of our body relies to a great extent upon our posture: the morphism of the body, its shape modelled by the years. Either generated by various physical conditions or by psycho-somatic trauma, either by dislocated joint or by all these together, a vicious posture affects us more than we can imagine.
In order for an organism to function perfectly, a fundamental requirement is its bio-mechanic balance, which is the balance of bones and joints system and of the muscular system. The body is an amazingly complex mechanism, in which all the little pieces must be in the right place. When only one piece is displaced, the entire ensemble looses balance.
Statistically, over 50% of the back and limb aches are due to displacements (sub-luxations) occurring in the pelvic belt area or on the spine; 20-30% of the lumbar pains are due to the sub-luxation of the sacral-iliac joint or to the condition of the soft tissues in that area. This shaft dislocation is present in different degrees of severity, in 98% of the population, affecting physical characteristics, the constitution of the person and his or her general health.
To understand the mechanic of reaching the imbalance and how this grows, I’ll show you the effects of the shaft dislocation, responsible in most cases of the postural modifications.
The shaft dislocation comes with an entire collection of symptoms:
– the oblique pelvic belt,
– one lower limb apparently shorter than the other,
– the centre of gravity shifted towards the healthier side of the body,
– the entire body adapts to the imbalance, showing compensating curvatures along the spine. The spine, normally perpendicular to the pelvic belt, now tilts, producing scoliosis,
– in time, the compensating curvatures produce discopathy, arthrosis and other severe disorders on the spine and other organs,
– asymmetries of muscle tone (for example, of the paravertebral muscles),
– all the joints work asymmetrically, leading to their early wear-out (coxarthrosis, gonarthrosis, etc.)
– the movement amplitude of the joints is affected on all levels: neck, upper body, pelvic belt, upper and lower limbs,
– asymmetrical tensioning of the connective tissues (muscles, fascia, ligaments) affecting the structures going across them (nerves, blood vessels) or which they sustain (internal organs),
– the internal organs suffer from the asymmetrical tensioning that hardens and limits their normal activity,
– the biomechanical changes and the pain can alter the breathing and the correct and symmetric functioning of the lungs.
In brief, thei cause a general functional disorder most of the times associated with pain, fatigue and the lack of well-being and harmony.
Yumeiho therapy treats the body as a whole. By modelling the soft structures and by rearranging the verticality, symmetry and functional balance of the body, this therapy removes the causes of the disorder. Along with this, symptoms that haven’t responded to conventional treatments even in years may just as well disappear or meliorate.
Yumeiho therapy strengthens the body’s immunity and its capacity to adjust to the environment, it fastens the body’s response to conventional medical treatments, helping and completing this way other branches and fields of medical care.
Any construction is resistant when it benefits from a balanced architecture. And when you are vertical and harmonious, when you have a correct posture, your good mood and well-being are at home.
This is a witty saying of Voltaire: “the art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease”. For the Yumeiho therapists, this is a reality: we rearrange postures, we reshape, we recreate symmetry so that the normal physiological processes may their natural course, reestablishing health.
Read this too: “Posturology for everyone”
Roxana Necula, Yumeiho therapist and instructor, 5 DAN