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Don't Let Poor Posture Ruin Your Health: Rolfing® is Here To Help


Poor posture is something that affects a large portion of the population and challenges are linked to a number ailments. Even though most of the time it is up to us, and we have total control over whether we maintain good posture or not, many of us still choose to forget about our bodies and slouch, slump, hunch, or lean. Poor posture can end up causing a lot of pain and discomfort, but it can also be improved by visiting a Rolfer.


Why Is It So Difficult to Maintain a Better Posture?

Maintaining a better posture is challenging. It is much easier to let your shoulders rest forward and your pelvis slouch back than to keep your shoulders back and keep the natural curve in your lower spine intact. Some people have structural causes of poor posture that are related to accidents, injuries, slips, falls, and repetitive moments from some form of labor or athletic activity. Many people have poor posture from positional causes and bad habits like poor biomechanics while exercising, excess weight, pregnancy, leaning on one side while sitting/standing/driving, degenerative conditions and low self-esteem. When we put ourselves in these vulnerable positions, gravity starts to pull us down even further.


Consequences of Poor Posture

One of the main consequences of consistent poor posture is pain. Your body is always adjusting itself for balance and when you regularly place undue stress on your pelvis, back, neck, knees, shoulders, and hips, the excess strain in one area or another will take you out of balance. Over time you may develop chronic pain conditions that you may attribute to getting older or some other condition, when in truth they are from a habit of poor posture. Another consequence of poor posture is how the world perceives you. Unfortunately, some people can't see beyond the way we look and we can be judged by our appearance. Slouching can be seen as someone who lacks confidence while the opposite proposes some one with high confidence. This can have an effect on how we're perceived by family, our social circle, potential lovers and employers.


Find A Certified Rolfer In Your Area

Rolfers have the ability to analyze your walking gait and posture to determine what type of touch interventions are needed to facilitate change in your structure. Some things your Rolfer will look for are: efficient tracking in joint movement, position of your feet/knees/pelvic girdle/rib cage/shoulder girdle, head and curvature in the spine. While there are more things to look for, there are also important questions to be asked during a session which involve the clients subjective experience of their own body.

Rolfing sessions are typically performed over a series of sessions known as the Rolfing Ten Serie, the goal of which is to systematically balance both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body. The effects of the Ten Series has been dramatic and life changing for many. Understand, Rolfing can help but you first need to make the decision to improve your life. Contact me and schedule your first appointment at one of my locations in Chicago. If you found this article useful, like and share this with others! Be Well.

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