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Benefits of Medical Massage for Improving Posture and Body Mechanics

The important thing to realize about postural problems is that over the years they can lessen your quality of life and, if ignored, are likely to worsen as you age.

Whatever postural problem may exist, it affects more of your body than you may realize.

Since all your soft tissue is inter-connected, a problem in one area of your body can affect the area next to it. For instance, the muscles on one side of your lower back can tighten, causing your body to adjust by twisting slightly. This affects your upper back and hip area as your body tries to compensate for this new position.

It’s easier to observe poor posture in others because we are unlikely to be aware of our own habitual body positions. When you see someone bent over with severely rounded shoulders or with one shoulder higher than the other, you are probably observing a condition that has developed over the years. True, postural problems can be hereditary or disease-related, but often they are habitual in nature.

Identifying the factors that contribute to these postural imbalances can help you see which areas need to be addressed and changed. Be aware of occupational influences, such as how you sit at work, and how you hold your body during recreational activities or during sleep.

Other influences to consider include tight clothing and certain types of footwear, as well as furniture that doesn’t properly support the back.

If you think of your body as a structure with your feet as the foundation, your legs as the main weight-bearing framework, etc., you can get a better idea how important your posture is. A building, that loses its stability, begins to shift, the walls show the stress through cracking, and in time the dwelling becomes uninhabitable. When it comes to a body, out of structural balance, those complaints in the back, neck and shoulder area might actually come from an earlier imbalance in the feet, legs, or hips.

Now, there is good news. When you get a deep tissue therapeutic massage with neuromuscular approach your body has the opportunity to return to a normal condition. Deep tissue touch will affect your body profoundly.

In Holistic Medical Massage Clinic in Tacoma the therapist evaluates the patient by screening gait patterns and measuring the positioning of the body to determine musculoskeletal distortion, biomechanical dysfunction and soft tissue pathology that causes these patterns. An exacting analysis of proper posture and biomechanics explains the cause and effect relationship to pain. Then the therapist develops a treatment plan that is based on the knowledge of your body.

Once the posture and the body are balanced, the patient is able to restore an efficient way for energy to move. Free energy is used by the body to work more efficiently and improves all physiological activities.

Regular deep tissue therapeutic massage sessions can help you to maintain the structural homeostasis. So be sure to make your massage therapy a priority!

Knowledge of your body mechanics will help you avoid a lot of physical problems. For instance, just keeping a wallet in your back pocket can throw your back out of alignment because of the way it changes your body mechanics when you sit.

Body positions are so important to your health. A perfect example is the strain put on your back, neck and shoulders when you look down when standing. The next time you’re doing dishes, look mostly straight ahead instead of down and see what a difference it makes.

Body awareness is where it all starts. Without it, we blindly go through our work not realizing how our movements, responses, sensations and feelings affect our health.

Body awareness is a mindfulness of your body’s movements, responses, sensations and feelings. As you develop this mindfulness or consciousness of your body, you become aware of subtle patterns, for example, the position of your shoulders while you read, or the shifting of your weight when you stand.

Once you become aware of your body and your habits of movement, you can begin to discover which movement habits serve you and which ones hinder and cause you discomfort, pain and injury.

Standing is a basic and foundational position from which all other body mechanics are performed. Your body must continue to move or ‘sway’ in varying degrees in order to keep itself in balance, so don’t fight its natural movement.

Trying to stand straight takes your skeleton out of its natural alignment and requires your muscles to work very hard to hold a straight posture. The next time you feel yourself trying to stand straight, relax and allow the natural shape of your skeleton to support you.

Whether you stand with your feet parallel to each other or with one foot forward, your legs must transmit the weight of your body down to your feet equally.

When standing, it is important to keep your upper body vertical and balanced over your pelvis, legs and feet. Keeping your center of gravity over your feet lets your upper body move without restriction, allowing your shoulders, arms and hands to move freely.

Sitting is believed to cause the majority of back pain. This is due to the fact that people tend to sit in a slouched or slumped position for hours at a time, increasing the pressure on their lower, upper back as well as the neck. Sitting with your upper body vertically balanced over your pelvis allows your low back to maintain its lumbar curve. It also allows your entire back to keep its natural curves, reducing excessive muscular effort. When sitting, put your knees about an inch higher than your hips to help reduce the strain on your lower and upper back muscles. Finding the right width for your legs helps maintain your stability and vertical balance, and reduces muscular tension.

When lifting, it is very important that you get as close to the weight as possible, without losing your own stability. Lift with your legs, not your back. Bend from your hip joints and knees, and use the power of your legs.

Prior to physical activity, spend a few minutes warming up (stretching, etc.)

Select comfortable footwear. The higher the heel, the greater threat of back pain

Pushing a large object is preferable - it puts less strain on your lower back than pulling.

When carrying anything on your shoulder, be sure to switch the weight to the other shoulder occasionally - let your shoulders share the load.

Avoid sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time. /


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