Posture and pain often go hand in hand because when your posture becomes misaligned, pain is often the result. Even if no pain is experienced, some form of movement limitation is virtually guaranteed.
Well, the muscles in your body work in pairs: in simple terms, some muscles pull your bones in one direction while muscles on the opposite side pull the same bones in the opposite direction.
Each of your muscles is designed to maintain a certain length and a certain tension. When the length and tension relationships are maintained, you will undoubtedly have good alignment and, more important, you will undoubtedly be pain free.
Alignment is another way of saying ‘posture’, and as we’ve already covered, posture and pain very often go hand in hand, or to be more precise, ‘compromised posture’ and pain often go hand in hand.
If you’re in pain, you may have up until now blamed all kinds of things for that pain. Over the years, I’ve heard all kinds of reasons from people as to why they think they might be in pain, including:
Now while all of these things, and many more besides, may trigger problems or make existing problems worse, they are almost certainly not the cause of your problems.
‘Causation and correlation’ are often used interchangeably, but they are very different things, which we’ll look at as we continue.
Having worked in this field for almost a decade now, as a practitioner of The Egoscue Method and the Muscle Balance and Function system, as well as drawing on my training in many other related areas, I have seen time and time again that there is another reason for experiencing pain.
When proper function is restored to a person’s muscles and a process of reintegration between the muscles and nervous system takes place, the pain goes and the person gets back to living their life without pain.
Imbalances from front to back and from left to right in your muscles, as well as a lack of proper communication between your nervous system and those muscles, sets up a process of compensation.
If you’ve ever had to cover for someone else at work and still do your job at the same time, then you’ll know that that can only last for so long before your particular job, as well as the person’s that you’re covering for, becomes inefficient and tiring.
And so it is with your muscles.
When it comes to your posture and pain, however, you can do something about it and it doesn’t involve surgery, drugs or manipulation.
Whether you have just one symptom or several, it is more than likely that the underlying cause for all of them is the same thing.
Treat the underlying root cause instead of chasing the symptoms, and the symptoms naturally take care of themselves.
Here’s a list of symptoms that are often brought about by a lack of proper function and communication in the muscular and nervous systems:
Let’s look a little closer at what posture is exactly and how its misalignment can cause all of these symptoms.