Get taller, leaner and more confident!

Great postural alignment makes you appear taller, leaner and more confident……and who doesn’t want that!  It turns out that good posture is absolutely important for most functions in the body, and basically, the better your posture, the better everything will work.  Good alignment allows you to move with ease, decrease aches and pains, conserve energy and prevent injuries.  It also allows optimal flow of nerve signals to all parts of your body including muscles and organs. 

I usually describe this as like electrical signaling going to a light.  If you turn the dimmer switch down you get a dull light.  If your postural alignment is poor, increased pressure on the intervertebral foramen (space where nerves exit the spine) turns down the signal going to the muscles and organs, causing them to be “weak” or dull.

The optimal position for our spine is in NEUTRAL ALIGNMENT.  We naturally have 3 curves in our spine; the cervical, thoracic and lumbar.  The cervical curve goes in towards the front of the neck, the thoracic goes out toward the back of your body and the lumbar curve in towards your belly.

Take notice of how your spine is positioned right now!  Is it in neutral alignment?  Becoming aware of how you hold and move your body as you go about your daily tasks is a great start to correcting posture.  Being able to maintain your spine in the neutral alignment is very dependant on your core strength.  Having good core strength makes it easier to hold your spine in neutral alignment rather than sit or stand in slumped postures.

My favorite tip to help you get your spine into a good position is to imagine you have a piece of string attached to the top of head which you can pull up.  This draws your spine up, tucks your chin in (so you are no longer a “chin poker”), draws your shoulder blades down and begins to activate your core.  Try it out and let me know how you go.  Get taller, get leaner and get more confident.

Yours in health

Jac

Core Strength Program

Yesterday was the first CORE STERNGTH program for back pain. 

It has been a little while since I have run a program like this and I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed it.  I actually forgot how much it helps to have the extra education and understanding of your body.  The exciting part is seeing people be able to relate the information to themselves and get motivated to take a greater level of control of their strength and function.

The first week of the program was all about understanding the real foundations of our spine, what goes wrong, our healing mechanisms and strength.

The key points covered yesterday regarding back pain and core strength included;

  •  Pain is an alarm system in our body to tell us something is going on.  It's like a fire alarm.  When the fire alarm goes off, you wouldn't turn it off without dealing with the fire. 
  • Inflammation is part of our healing process.  The fire brigade comes in to put the fire out and start the clean up process.  If things go wrong in our body systems, inflammation can become chronic.  Like if the fire brigade ran out of water or got a leak in their hose.
  • Understanding neutral alignment of the spine and how to maintain it is paramount to good back health and strength
  • Muscles are your motor for movement and posture and have a major impact on the alignment of the spine.  The stretching process is about eliciting a physiological change in the muscles to increase the length and integrity.
  • A functional breathing pattern is the absolute foundation of core strength.

Everyone went home with two exercises which are absolutely simple and will be incorporated into everyday life, not added into an already busy and full schedule. 

I'm looking forward to the next session where we will build on this knowledge and delve further into movement and exercises, nutrition for a healthy back and lifting and moving techniques.

If you are interested in joining a program, please contact me on jac@healthcentralqld.com.au or 5534 7733.

For all the program details click here.