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How Do Posture and Balance Affect Your Health?

Vitruvian mannequinAccording to research, your posture reflects the function of your brain and nervous system, providing the physical framework your body needs to resist gravity and allow for movement in your environment.

A surprising 90% of your brain’s energy output is used to hold you upright! That means, during your waking hours, the processing and maintaining of the body’s relationship with gravity is the brain’s highest priority.

Staying Well With Proper Structure

Improper posture and poor movement patterns contribute to:

  • Back pain
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Disc issues and injuries
  • Dizziness
  • Foot and knee trouble
  • Forward head posture
  • General weakness and tired muscles
  • Hip pain
  • Limited movement
  • Muscle twitching
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine (spinal degeneration)
  • Overpronated feet
  • Recurring migraines and headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Suboptimal or poor balance
  • Suboptimal or poor co-ordination
  • Swayback
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and fingers
  • Tremors
  • Upper body weakness

Having proper posture and balance, then, is a sign that your brain and nervous system are healthy and that you can enjoy optimal movement patterns. Your brain, however, doesn’t just control the body. Your brain is dependent on the input it gets from movement to perform well. Exercising your body charges the ‘battery’ of your brain so that you can think, feel, learn and function at a higher level.

What Does Efficient Posture Look Like?

The best posture for your body involves your pelvis, torso and head being level and centred so that you can move without compensation, wear and tear. Prime importance is placed on the regions that give neurological input to your brain and nervous system, meaning the sacroiliac joints, jaw joints, ankle region and upper neck.

When your brain can map your movements accurately and stabilise the coordination of your body against gravity, you’ll have a feeling of balance or equilibrium. This sensation results from a combination of systems from the body such as your eyes, inner ear, muscle and joints and respiratory system.

The Benefits of Balance

Having optimal balance means you can be strong, stable, flexible, and powerful and reduce your risk of injuries or falls, as well as complementing your mental and general health. By identifying and addressing the factors that compromise your balance, you can be on the road to pain-free living, decreased injury and enhanced performance.

Your body is designed for constant movement. In today’s society, however, we sit and are subject to many physical injuries such as trauma, poor posture, overtraining, repetitive activities and more. These factors disturb your posture, balance and movement. By optimising your neuromusculoskeletal system, you can be free of symptoms and have better health.

Want to Learn More?

Contact TMJ Therapy Centre today to learn more about getting the most out of your body!

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