What's the Big Deal about Good Posture?
Your body has a tremendous capacity for agility and power. The secret into tapping into that power is in the postural system.
Powerful posture is more than sitting up straight – it's the ability to activate, feel, and coordinate muscles that protect you from orthopedic dysfunction, and create stability and balance.
We tend to think of posture as how we hold ourselves while we're still, but posture plays a larger roll in how we move. It's the complex syncronization of your nervous system, muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons.
Your Posture is Affecting More Than You Realize
Bad posture affects more than your joints. It puts stress on your organs, nervous system, circulation, and even your thinking, making you tired and sluggish. It forces your nervous system to work overtime, causing fascia to become tight, inflamed, and painful. Good posture
restores healthy function – not just of your muscles, but your whole body, restoring your energy and vitality!
Athletic Performance is Limited to Postural Performance
Postural muscles are responsible for agility and balance. Your other (primary) muscles are responsible for doing things, like throwing a ball, while your postural muscles are the ones that aim it in the right direction, so your level of success is directly related to your ability to coordinate your postural muscles with your primary muscles.
Postural muscles aren't fitness muscles. They're finesse muscles. They're responsible for how you move, not what you move.
Stretching and Strengthening Chronically Tight and Weak Muscles Won't Help You Feel Better
Weak and/or tight muscles aren't the cause of bad
posture; bad posture is the cause of weak and tight muscles. Imbalances in your postural habits cause imbalanced movement. Imbalance forces some muscles to stop short of their complete range of motion. When they don't work as hard as they're supposed to, they get weak. Other muscles are forced to pick up the slack, working to the point of exhaustion and making them tight.
A few minutes of strengthening the weak muscles and stretching the tight muscles is a drop in the bucket when every step you take and every move you make reinforces the postural habits that caused the imbalance in the first place.
You must learn to correct neuromotor patterns and apply them to whole movement. Practicing correct movement while exercising develops new, healthy motor habits, correcting tight and weak muscles.
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