Posture is how you balance your body.
Posture 101 says: If you can’t maintain good posture without thinking about it, or your balance needs improvement, or if you are not able to move fluidly and without pain, then your posture is most likely not symmetrical. However, so long as you are not falling down, you are balanced. Think about it, if you don’t balance, you fall down!
Our bodies are constantly falling forward, but our muscles work to pull us back. The strength of your balance is how well you know, and can control, where your body is in space.
Unbalanced stress causes the body to adapt and change over time, ultimately causing problems and pain. We may believe we are standing straight because our brain is being told by our senses we are straight and symmetrical, though the mirror reveals we are not. Our muscles reflexively work to balance us when we sit, stand, sleep, or work.
When there is an injury, the body moves differently to avoid pain. Over time, the body adapts. Even after pain subsides, unbalanced patterns of motion persist.
The human body still must balance to stand, so the brain adapts and adopts new muscle and joint positions. These adaptive motion patterns often lead to more uneven wear, creating a cycle of injury, pain and balance issues.
Daily StrongPosture® exercise is a bio-mechanically intelligent way to prevent injury and keep you moving with vitality as you age by teaching you to become aware of, improve and strengthen your posture and motion patterns.
Dr. Steven Weiniger
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