THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ALIGNMENT

Correct postural alignment is the most frequently overlooked aspect of a person’s musculoskeletal health. Your posture and body alignment don’t have to be dramatically off to affect your function or to cause you pain. Your spine and major weight-bearing joints work best when aligned one on top of the other; your shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should all line up when you stand. Because the major joints operate primarily as hinge joints, if they don’t line up properly they torque and twist with every step you take.

When you train or exercise – or when you simply carry on with your daily routine – without proper alignment your strong muscles become stronger and your weak muscles become weaker, while stiff areas remain stiff. This muscle imbalance causes any abnormalities in your posture to become even more pronounced, which perpetuates pain and sets the stage for degenerative conditions to develop or worsen.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Bad posture causes muscles to shorten, which compresses all the joints, especially the spinal joints. Parts grind and grate against each other, accelerating wear and tear. Joint injuries, and even tendonitis and bursitis, are often caused by posture problems. Eventually, improper posture leads to permanent muscle shortening, weakness, fatigue, muscle spasms and loss of range of motion in the spine, hip and shoulder joints. Worst of all, continued bad posture and alignment leads to arthritis and bulging or herniated discs. All of this translates into pain. When bad posture and alignment continue for years, it becomes impossible to fix these problems without corrective therapy

 

"Postural transformation in just one session. Amy and David before and after the first TM session."

For example, the slumped shoulder with backward-bent-head posture commonly seen in people who work at desk or computer jobs causes severe headaches. These headaches have a characteristic pattern: they begin at the base of the skull and radiate to the back and top of the head and sometimes continue into the forehead and eyes. This head and neck position causes the muscles at the back of the head and the joints of the upper neck to become stiff and tight so they compress the nerves at the base of the skull. These tight muscles and inflamed nerves cause the headache, but they also wear out the cervical (neck) joints causing a long-term disability.

 

"Postural transformation. Asha before, after one and after two TM sessions."

 

"Example of postural transformation in just one session. Mari Paz before and after the first TM session."

 

 

To remedy posture problems that seem set in stone, muscles and connective tissue need to be stretched, and then weak muscles need to be strengthened. Unless you correct your alignment first, any exercise you do reinforces or perpetuates the dysfunction. You can have x-rays and MRI’s for diagnosis, visit the chiropractor for treatment, or enter the hospital for surgery, but the pain will return or appear in a different place unless you correct your alignment.

 

"Example of postural transformation. In only three TM sessions, Maria is taller and seems to have lost a couple of pounds, even though the scale shows the same weight. "

 

 

"Postural transformation in just one session.Dina and Elaine before and after the first TM session."

 

"Postural transformation in just one session. Mará and Renuka before and after the first TM session."

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