Good posture equals good health. The shape, position and tone of your spine relates to the flexibility and health of your life.

When we are happy, we are normally upright, and our spine and nerves are free to move and innervate the body. When we are closed in, unhappy, or stuck, our position is normally forward bending, our spine is stuck, and the nerves do not flow through to the organs.

Poor posture can be related to getting sick more frequently, feeling tired and experiencing less energy.

Correct Posture is Important

We do not consciously maintain normal posture, certain muscles do it for us, and we don’t even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are important in maintaining good posture. Correct posture:

  • Helps our heart centre connect with our body and mind centers
  • Allows life force to flow freely through our bodies so healing can occur
  • Helps our nervous system flow throughout our body without interference
  • Allows the organs to be innervated without interference
  • Allows the body to feel, connect and awaken
  • Allows healing to occur

It is essential that you recognize how your body is holding itself  and if their are any imbalances that you find.

The Consequences of Poor Posture 

There are several factors that contribute to poor posture, including stress, emotional holding patterns, blockages, anxiety, depression, pregnancy and other issues.   Decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor posture.

How to Sit Properly:

  • Keep your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest.
  • Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees.
  • Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
  • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.
  • Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.
  • Get up and move every 20 minutes

How to Stand Properly:

  • Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
  • Keep your knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
  • Breathe
  • Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
  • Stand straight and tall, with your shoulders pulled backwards
  • Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
  • Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.

How to Stay Comfortable in Bed

  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
  • Sleep on your side or back.
  • If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs.
  • If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.

Can I Correct My Poor Posture?

Yes, your body can regenerate and heal. I have watched hundreds of patients over the years completely change the position of their posture and have seen their postural changes on x-ray.

You must change your habits, find where the energy is blocked in your body and start the process to HEAL your body.  Once we find and connect our 3 centers, our body and posture start to change and heal.  We must find connection between our thinking, feeling and doing centers – the brain, body and heart.

When our posture is balanced our hearts, mind and body are connected so our life force can flow freely and HEAL our bodies.

Yours in health, healing and greater balance

Dr. Carli

Carli Axford

Author Carli Axford

I’m a Healer, Chiropractor, Retreat Facilitator, Meditation Instructor as well as the Founder and Trainer of the Spinal Flow Certification Program.

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