Six Simple Steps to a Happier Healthier You
STEP 3: IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE
You may be surprised to learn that some headaches, IBS, panic attacks, chest wheezing, constipation, lower back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tinnitus, dizziness, digestive problems and joint pain call all be caused or aggravated by poor posture. If your doctor is unable to find a reason for your condition then you may wish to consider having a posture assessment.
The Six Steps Daily Balance Qigong DVD offers some posture advice but being assessed by a professional is always best. Holistic therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors all offer various assessments and advice so find someone that suits you. If you have aches and pains there is no need to suffer, you may only need a few posture tips and a good massage!!
The professionals can help you to understand good posture but they cannot practise it for you. If you do not begin to use your body and muscles properly you will have to keep going back for more treatments, which can be expensive and time consuming, there is no need. Once you understand good posture you can take charge of yourself and walk, move, eat, work and practice your qigong properly every day. You may find that a massage every 2-3 months can help to keep you in tip top condition.
Although not a substitute for a posture assessment by a professional here is general guide to good posture:
1. Feet hip width apart with both toes pointing forwards. The feet should be directly under the hips so that your ankles, knees and hips are in-line
2. Always have your knees unlocked
3. The weight should always be over the whole foot, so evenly balanced over the toes and the heels
4. The coccyx should be encouraged to point gently towards the floor allowing your pelvic girdle to tilt slightly, which should flatten the curve in the lower back
5. The spine should be straight but relaxed
6. Your shoulders should be relaxed and your arms should hang loosely at your sides.
7. Your chin should be parallel to the floor and you should look straight ahead with relaxed eyes
Sitting posture follows similar guidelines
Your knees should be directly in front of your hips and your feet hip width apart. When the chair is the correct height your hips should be level with your knees. If your chair is high you may require a foot stool.