Let’s talk too much sitting. There is ample research showcasing the correlation between sitting too long and a slew of health issues. Sitting too long has been found to be correlated to cardiovascular disease (e.g., heart attacks and strokes), diabetes, weight gain, cancer, high blood pressure, edema, loss of concentration, and the list keeps going.
In this blog, we discuss the impact of sitting on your posture and the consecutive not-so-favorable results. When you sit for too long without moving, chances are, you are not going to sustain proper alignment. Alter your alignment once or twice – not a biggie. Alter your alignment consistently – it becomes your new go-to posture.
“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease."
Hippocrates, Greek physician and the Father of Western Medicine
Did you answer "Yes" to any of these? Then keep reading.
Add to the equation any prior injury or surgery which would have weakened one or multiple body parts, it is a cocktail for long-term disaster. And while we are conditioned to look at issues in isolation, years of teaching have demonstrated that one issue turns into a full-body disfunction.
Some muscles lengthen, and their opposing counterparts shorten. Your body is brilliant like this – it will adapt to sustain what you are asking it to do. The danger is when these adaptation patterns are not corrected over time – your body gets exhausted from being out of its homeostasis state. Aches and pains kick in to get your attention.
For many, the fix is a pill pop or magical lotion slap to dull the pain. Who has time to deal with pain and investigate its causes? Plus, isn’t pain a part of normal aging?
Warning signs afore pain are tightness and stiffness, altered mobility, muscle spasms, occasional nerve pinching, and, over time, a change in your natural posture.
"Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production."
American Journal of Pain Management
In natural posture, knees stack on top of ankles, hips stack on top of knees, shoulders stack on top of hips, head aligns with your shoulders.
Image by Beth Scupham
Your front visual ‘box’ looks like a rectangle drawn shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip.
Do you own a rectangle or maybe a rhomboid (where the shoulder and hip on one side are lower than on the other)?
If you would like a visual, get my six-minute overview of how to get into physical alignment.
While it may appear the above are cosmetic in nature only, the truth is, that any of the above deviations have functional implications.
“The beginning of the disease process begins with postural distortions”
Dr. Hans Selye, Nobel Laureate
Aside from injuries, the most frequent causes of pain I see in my practice are due to altered pelvis position, wobbly pelvis, and tight flexors.
If you happen to be sitting right this minute, here is a 5-minute seated stretches video you can take advantage of and get your body moving pronto.
Happy Moving, rebels!