Have you ever wondered what the proper posture is? Can posture be the problem? Can soft tissues manipulation help posture? I have just finished a Aunkai and Shiatsu seminar and I have learned quite a few about what the proper posture is and how certain misconceptions about it seem to influence how we view posture.
What is posture? Posture is the set position of the spine of the person so as to allow optimal use of the upper and lower extremities allowing a person to do their everyday activities. As such having the proper posture can help us achieve what we wanted for the day. The common misconception about what proper posture is the standard S shape spine. For the body to look good and be able to do their task the proper S shaped curve must be maintained. This is the common misconception for the spine and is the primary reason why we try to use soft tissues of the big and small back muscles so as to help the client experience some sort of comfort but more often than not the pain will just come back. As long as the movement pattern of the body is not adequately mobile enough the body will just try to find the most mobile parts of the body so as to compensate for the immobile parts as such the same problem will arise after a few days sometimes much worse that when you last saw the client. As such how do we solve this problem? Do we just keep on trying to mobilize the spine and the surrounding soft tissues or can we do something for the proper movement of the spine. As I have implied in my last sentence we can do something about the mobility of the spine for having the spines movement to be at least adequate allows the muscles of the other parts of the body to do their own jobs and not compensate for the job of the stiff segments.
I am sure you have encountered clients who have persistent back pains have you noticed that those clients who have better mobility of the injured parts before the injury have quicker recovery periods. This happened because if the muscles are moving properly they act as a sort of pump that pumps nutrients in and then pumps toxins out and aside from that mobile joint segments can find the proper positioning of the forces that allows the injured parts to rest. We can see this in the common martial arts that have been existing for hundreds of years especially the eastern arts in which they make a lot of emphasis of the movement of the spine that these martial arts have derived methods on how to make the spine mobile and flexible. We can see this in the movement system called Aunkai. Aunkai is a movement system that instead on focusing the trainings on learning new techniques it focuses on making all the movements centered by way of making the forces on all the joints to stack together in the movements. So posture isn’t so much the position of the spine. It is pretty much the reaction of the body to certain forces especially gravity. As such we can say that the static and dynamic posture of the person varies. The common way of doing this according to eastern teachings is to have the client move their posture slowly swaying forward while trying to find the point of comfort that according to eastern teaching is the balance point of the force in that plane. The position in which all the positions of the planes intersect in their balance points is the posture in which the client works best as such it is their posture. As such helping this posture be more mobile will help the body to quickly adjust better and be able to achieve the optimal posture.
As with the other articles I have not written this to discredit the western philosophy this is just you get an idea of the differences of the eastern from the western philosophy as such be able to give you more insights to solving the problems at hand.
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