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Back Pain is Posture's Shame

Back Pain is Posture's Shame

Kyra Rehman

That crick in your back that incessantly plagues you, the begrudging misalignment that forces you to segregate the majority of your weight to a certain region of your body, the nagging neck pain that makes you cringe; these are all maladies that are the result of poor posture. You might ponder how to fix such a condition… Well, my friends, the answer is through massage therapy!

Within the body the soft tissues, that are the keystones of our composition, are all inter-connected. When a certain region of the body is tight or in pain it effects the whole body; lamentingly, this is usually caused by problems with one’s posture. It is no sublet fact that our spinal cord and brain steam are some of the most important mechanical features of the body, so it deductively stems that the tissue circumnavigating this area is of monumental importance. By receiving frequent massage you help to ease the tension of these soft tissues surrounding your spin and brain stem, and this not only helps to realign your body but it also builds the strength necessary to maintain a healthy posture.

Good posture is the result of the alignment of the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical parts of the spine. Maladies such a scolliosis( sideways curvature of the thoracic part of the spine), or kyphosis(curvature of the thoracic part of the spine causing a hunchback) lordosis (curvature of the lumbar) and are some of the most detrimental effects of poor posture.

So you might ponder how to prevent such problems, aside from regular deep tissue massage. Thankfully there a few things that can be done:

1) Keep your weight evenly distributed – even a wallet in your side pocket can be enough to cause misalignment in the spine.

2) Try to wear comfortable and supportive foot-ware( as show in my last post on hiking); high heels are your back’s nemesis.

3) Exercise the soft tissue surrounding the spine by standing up against a wall, head raised high, shoulders back and low, sternum lifted, with you sacrum pointing straight down to the Earth’s core. Allow yourself to feel relaxed and grounded. You can also do this while sitting in a chair.

4) Speak with your Massage Therapist about which regions of your body you need to be focused on the most through your posture exercises. This not only prevents pain but it also aids in preventing sickness by increasing the blood flow and thus boosting the immune system.

5) Most importantly, receive frequent massage to help keep your posture in line: Deep Tissue massage is integral in maintaining the structural homeostasis of your body.

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