Posture Impacts Your Health

Your posture, both normal and abnormal, is a conscious (intentional) effort and an unconscious (habitual) action. Your nervous system directs and coordinates muscle and joint action that allows for your body position.

There are three basic positional postures:
1. standing
2. sitting
3. lying

Conscious and Unconscious Action

Standing and sitting both involve a conscious and unconscious dynamic action. Whereas, your sleeping or lying position is of a non-static or passive nature.

Abnormal posture can be the result of structural imbalances in the feet, leg length differences and pelvic tilt. These imbalances cause unconscious and dynamic postural reactions. These abnormal body positions are the result of nerve and muscular adaptations and are under the direct control of your nervous system.

However, you can take corrective measures that will improve and correct these structural deficits. So you now have a conscious effect on your unconscious posture.

The body position(s) you assume while standing, sitting, sleeping, at work, performing your daily habits, hobbies and activities, can and often do contribute to your lower back pain.

Other then when you are sleeping or lying down, your posture is the result of neuro-muscular action. Your muscle and joint nerves are constantly sending millions of signals to your brain and spinal cord which then directs your muscle to contract and relax in a fine tuning mechanism allowing you to maintain your body's position.

An example of this is when a toddler is learning to stand alone. The brain of the toddler is constantly receiving feedback from the muscle and joint nerves of the feet, ankles, knees, hips and spine.

The brain in turn responds with unconscious signals directing the muscles and joints to perform in a manner that eventually creates balance and allows for an upright attitude. This is an example of an unconscious, dynamic posture.

If there are structural imbalances then the response will be such that the body adapts to these imbalances and the result is an abnormal posture.

A leg length inequality will result in a tilted pelvis, scoliosis and muscular imbalances that in the short-term your body adapts to. But in the long-term this will result in muscle and joint “exhaustion” or failure with subsequent degeneration and attendant pain.

Pelvic Tilt From Dropped Arch

All body positions have numerous effects on your body. Some are positive and others can be detrimental.

Your lower back is most vulnerable and will usually manifest any adverse reactions to postural stress in the form of pain and eventual degeneration.
 
Before you can take any effective action you need to perform an assessment. You need to evaluate for any structural deficits, muscular weaknesses and imbalances and ascertain if corrective measures can be utilized.

You also need to evaluate your sitting and sleeping positions and make a conscious effort of assuming positions that are most favorable to health and avoiding those that can negatively impact your lower back.

These will be conscious efforts, both static and passive, that will have an unconscious reaction to your posture and your body's nerve and muscle system.

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