Posture Fitness all about?
To understand this easily, let's look at the body as architecture. It has to be supported against
the force of gravity for stability. Where the body differs from a brick and mortar structure is that it must also be able
to MOVE. We don’t want to sacrifice mobility for stability nor vice versa.
In architectural structures
the forces are mostly compressive – like a brick wall where the bricks are stacked and the force is totally supported
by compression. Each brick is stacked upon the others to brace the entire unit. Each stone in an arch transfers
some of its weight to the blocks on either side of it. If the compression is not equal on each side the structure will
fail. If a brick building does not have a plumb vertical support system, eventually the atmospheric pressure and the
force of gravity will pull it down. If the arches are not properly situated atop the base, the structure will fail.
It is entirely dependent on proper alignment of these compressive elements. There are some well-known older Posture
Alignment Programs that still use this model to assess and correct the human position. But that is not the architectural
model we use in our Posture Fitness approach. Posture Fitness does not look only at the 'load joints',
we look at the entire human form and its MyoFascialSkeletal System as a single unit of Tensegrity.
Yes, we also want our hard support structures
(skeleton) to be efficiently positioned to resist the force of gravity, but we are actually much more dependent
on our Fascial System of tensile strengths for that support and to keep us upright. The human body is not simply stacked head atop torso on pelvis and legs. It is
the tension of the muscles (myo) and connective tissue (fascia) that keep the skeleton upright and give form to our bodies
The thing that holds us up and gives us shape is the balance between
the length:tension relationship of our soft tissues. Our body structure is really a bag of skin inside which our bones
are tethered and suspended within the various Myofascial meridians. If it weren’t for the tensile supports of
the myofascial connective tissues, the bones would simply fall in a heap on the floor. This structural design relies on both compression and tension for its stability. It is called
a Tensegrity Structure – a blending of the words ‘tension’ and ‘integrity’.
This design provides much more
structural redundancy, giving more protection against the chance of collapsing. There is excess strategy in
case one part fails, the load can be redistributed among its other members. Thus the human body has the ability to redistribute
the load among all members if one is damaged and can no longer sustain its funtion or support. but this is also where we can
get into trouble by recruiting other tissues to do a job they were not designed to do. We are looking for a balance between
the myofascial meridians that keep our skeletal joints unstressed, and equalize the stress and tension on the soft tissues
(nerves, muscles, connective tissue, blood vessels).
Posture Fitness evaluation looks at the body from a myo-fascial-skeletal view and our menu prescriptions include
movements and positional releases that allow all the structures of the body, both tensile and compressive, to return to a
more efficient relationship for human function without exciting the pain producing mechanisms.
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