We may change partners, homes, vehicles, computers, and mobile phones. However, we really truly have only one place to live while we are here: our body. The shape, position, tension, and tone of our spine and nervous system greatly impacts our experience of life and our body. How we hold ourselves, both sitting and standing, is impacted by a wide variety of factors, and can influence vast portions of our lives.
In our culture, sitting is killing us. On average, people spend most of their day sitting, sometimes nine to twelve hours each day. This includes time at work as well as time at the dinner table, on the couch, driving, etc. Any sitting time over eight hours is considered excessive, and excessive sitting is related to changes not only in our spine and how we feel, but also in our metabolism and mental state.
Here are a few important tips to help with your sitting posture so you do not contribute further to neural spinal dysfunction, also known as subluxation.
It's important to realize that if you already have changes to your NeuroStructural structure, or NeuroStructural behavioral patterns that have created shifts in your perception of your body and your experience of life, these tips will just be temporary band aids. You will also need to address the underlying challenges that likely have developed over years.
Take a moment and stand in your natural posture in front of a mirror. Face yourself first and then stand sideways to the mirror to see your posture while you're sideways to the mirror.
Are your shoulders slumped?
Is your head tilted to one side?
Is your torso twisted?
Is your pelvis to one side or tucked forward?
Are your ears, shoulders, hips, and knees lined up?
One of the mistakes people often make is to try to fix these postural distortions consciously using their educated brain to control how they're holding themselves. This can cause more damage because if a person's natural posture is to slump or to shift, that means there is something underlying in the nervous system that has changed the behavior pattern of the body. Working against the body can drive challenges deeper.
Posture is the window to your nervous system. Changes in your posture are not about being lazy or having to consciously hold your body in a certain way; changes in your posture are really about what has happened to your nervous system. Your biology holds your biography. What has happened to you physically, chemically, and emotionally in your life is reflected in the armor that you wear as your posture.
Very commonly, a variety of defensive postures come from trauma. Those defensive postures broadcast into the world the past trauma, hurt, or challenges, as well as attract the same experience repeatedly. The way a person holds their body is a tuning fork for their experience of their life. If you want to change your life, change your spine.
To determine the health of your underlying NeuroStructural integrity, contact our office for a free consultation. We will discuss your health concerns and health goals, and determine if your NeuroStructural structure and behavior are impacting how you perceive your body as well as your health.