Posture and movement
How the way we move affects who we are
Posture is an object of close attention of massage therapists and chiropractors around the world. Seminars, studies are held on this subject, articles are written, new methods of working with posture constantly appear. Like any phenomenon of reality, which includes the physical characteristics of a person, posture can be subjected to philosophical reflection.
Let’s look at the vertical position of our body from this side, consider at such an angle the difference in the length of the legs, the extension of the head forward and, of course, all of us beloved stoop. Is all this really important? Do we really have to always keep our backs straight? Yes they should. It would seem that this article can be completed on this, but no – I have something to say.
Of course, it is very important to ensure that your usual body position is ergonomic, your gait is light, and your sitting posture is straight and healthy. We all hear this in childhood from parents, and massage therapists and chiropractors consolidate this knowledge in the process of getting an education. Now very popular diagnostic methods such as analysis of the characteristics of posture and gait. However, in all this there is one deeper element, which we will talk about today – movement.
MOVEMENT – PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL
Ozhegov’s dictionary gives a lot of definitions to the word “movement”, one of which is “Changing the position of the body or its parts”. We all understand what movement is from a physical point of view. Movement is the moment when our muscles, joints and ligaments rejoice! They are included in the work, the release of synovial fluid, which provides free movement of the limbs in the joints, increases, other interesting processes occur … even the lymph flow depends on our movements, because even with simple walking pressure changes in the lymphatic vessels occur.
Our body does not like to stand – with stagnation, a decrease in mobility, rigidity, and stiffness necessarily come. Movement is life! First of all, many of our clients suffering from various problems with posture should be advised to move more – get up, stretch, walk, run, do yoga, breathe … in general, move!
Now I suggest that you look at this issue from a different perspective and think about what a social movement is. First of all, a social movement is a group activity. This movement occurs when individuals gather in a team to change something. Especially often this movement can be observed in societies with various acute problems, political instability, injustice, inequality, and cultural problems. A social movement occurs when parts of a single whole (for example, parts of a state – social strata, nationalities, separate groups of people) move away from each other, cease to understand each other. Now think about the fact that the person himself also consists of various parts – cells, molecules, neurons, hormones, organs, organelles, tissues, whole systems that determine what the human body is. Gather all these parts together and you will get a person.
If we can present these groups of cells and chemicals as different groups of people living in the same society, we will have the opportunity to consider posture from a new angle. If we are talking about a state’s disease, its symptoms are pickets, demonstrations, public discontent and even unrest, and the symptoms of body diseases are discomfort, strain, weakness and the loudest scream, urging you to urgently change something – pain.
POSTURE AND MOVEMENT: GOING OUTSIDE THE SKELETON
Using the same metaphor, the state of posture can be compared with the state of the state, and its violation with social unrest. Let’s digress from the skeleton asymmetry, curvature of the spine, overstrain of some muscles and weakening of others, and think that the way we stand and move reflects our inner state of mind and tells us about the imbalance of certain parts.
Human posture is seriously affected by social, emotional and psychological factors. Two people can have an absolutely healthy spine, but a self-confident person will walk with his head held proudly, and someone who is used to shouldering the burden of not only their own, but also other people’s problems, will stoop, try to hide from the world in their own bodies . If we ignore these symptoms, we will become like politicians who do not pay attention to the needs of their people.
For many years of work, I understood one thing: we can fix the angle of bending of the leg in the knee, change the length of the spine and save the person from moving the head forward, but if after a session a healthy and happy client continues to spend hours sitting at a computer, burn for unloved work, or devote all his time to pointless scrolling through the feed on social networks, soon there will be no trace of the results of our work. The client’s body will again shout “To the rescue!”