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What is Posture Fitness all about?
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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.
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 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. T
his 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’. 

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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).
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So the 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.
 

 PostureFitness is located in the Nashville Neuromuscular Center. www.NNCweb.com
Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapists and Certified Posture Alignment Specialists 
 Working Together to Relieve Pain by Restoring Posture

95 White Bridge Road, Suite 405  Nashville, TN 37205   615-354-1700 

Our multiple certifications in this field include certification from Katy Bowman Restorative Exercise®, Egoscue University®, Chek Golf Biomechanic, National Federation of Professional Trainers.

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