Posture is a top-of-mind concern for everyone because, for so many of us, our posture is getting worse and causing pain and discomfort. More and more we are using our bodies in habitual ways, like sitting at a desk, sitting in vehicles, and hunched over cell phones, but it doesn’t end there. With the increase of emotional stresses and challenges, our bodies are somaticizing those emotional stresses into trapped neural and muscular behavior. It doesn’t just start in adulthood, either. Kids have emotional responses to their surroundings and events in their lives and they also use technology much earlier and wear backpacks as well as have traumas and physical falls.
So, what is your ideal posture? How should your posture be? The answer is: exactly the way it is now because your posture is a reflection of what’s going on in your life. Attempting to override your body’s current posture is an outside-in solution. Your body is innately doing what it needs to do based on your patterns and your life. Your posture is your biology’s response to your biography.
You see, every physical structure has a behavior pattern and perception pattern. Every perception pattern produces a behavior pattern and a structural pattern. In the same way, every behavior pattern produces a particular structure and perception pattern. For example, the shape, position, tension, and tone of your spinal structures is reflected in and reflective of the shape, position, tension, and tone of your life. Deciding that you want to adopt a perceived ideal posture and doing a set of exercises or buying gadgets to use in an attempt to change your current posture is simply an ineffective method for trying to manipulate what your body is doing based on the story it’s telling about your life experience.
Furthermore, outside-in approaches can drive the physical, emotional, and psychological patterns in deeper, including the physical symptoms. Shifting your posture in hopes that it will make a change is like taking a medication to cover something up; you’re only looking at a symptom. Posture is a result of how you’re living, experiencing, and interacting with your life.
Slumped shoulders, head forward, or unlevel hips cause disconnections that can not only impact your experience with freedom and joy, but can turn into conditions and challenges. Yes, there can be musculoskeletal conditions such as shoulder, knee, hip, or ankle pain and injuries, but also organic challenges, like digestive issues and elimination problems caused by a torsion of connective tissue in the lower torso, for example. There are structural consequences as well like a Dowager’s Hump (Granny’s Hump), which isn’t just for women, not to mention carpal tunnel syndrome and disc challenges in the cervical spine. It can even influence anxieties, depression, and more.
We know from our 20+ years of experience that there is a way to shift your spinal structure, your neural behavior, and your perceptions of life and how you see and interact with the world and it is from the inside out. Inside-out approaches involve healing underlying wounds in your nervous system. Underlying wounds and behaviors hijack your experience and perception of the world around you and behavior patterns that you use to respond to stresses and daily life events.
Change your spine, change your life. Visit us for a free consultation to determine if your spinal structure and neural behavior is hijacking your perceptions and experiences of life, or, perhaps, your perceptions of life are hijacking your spinal structure and neural behavior patterns. For a free consultation, click below or call here.