It is more and more frequent that we adopt postures that move away from the natural postures for which the human body has been designed and dimensioned. Lack of physical exercise, sedentary lifestyle, prolonged sitting, etc., all contribute to this unfavorable trend. These disorders can also be the result of anomalies of birth, any accident or may be related to the psychology of the person concerned however in all cases, they will have a major impact on health.
■ The posture
The posture makes the link between the morphology and the way of moving, depending directly on the activity in progress, the gestural habits and the state of the moment. It is determined by the points of support it puts into play with its support. Different works carried out for decades lead us to consider the postural system as a “whole” structured with multiple entries having several complementary functions:
– to combat gravity and maintain an erected station; – to oppose external forces;
– be located in the structured space-time around us;
– balance in the movement, guide and reinforce it. Postural tendencies are closely related to morphology, “body inheritance” through mimicry, sporting and professional activities, psycho
-affective history and behavioral trends. They are organized gradually according to the specific distribution of tensions over the whole body and are therefore very specific to each.
■ The troubles
Poor posture can cause disturbances by compression, slippage and may cause inflammation if the peritoneal fluid is affected. Moreover, since the organs of the abdomen and the pelvis are interrelated with one another and with the rest of the surrounding structures (by tissues called “fascias”), any disharmony has an impact on a larger scale in the body. A postural disorder can affect, among other things:
-the vertebral column (vertebral slippage, crushing of an intervertebral disk, hernia of the disc, scoliosis);
-the circulation of fluids (the blood circulation which ensures the proper functioning of the body by the continuous supply of nutrients and oxygen and the elimination of metabolic waste and carbon dioxide; the lymphatic circulation which ensures tissue drainage; Fat absorption, immune defenses, etc.);
– transmission of nerve signals, particularly in the vicinity of joints (crushing or pinching of nerve fibers);
-the respiratory system (decreased expansion);
-the digestive system (burning sensations, stasis, ptosis, hernias, etc.);
– the muscular system (chained diffusion of tensions, asymmetries, compensations, etc.).
These pathologies cause pains that act as warning signals that must not be neglected. To treat them, osteopathy is particularly adapted because it offers a global vision of the health condition of the patient which makes it possible to draw up a balance sheet and thereafter address directly to the cause of discomfort.
■ Osteopathic intervention
We often neglect our posture when it often has major impacts on our well-being. Correcting it is essential for effective rehabilitation. To do this, the osteopath performs pre-treatment tests and then uses cranial, structural and visceral manipulative techniques to lift the various blockages encountered. The latter is supplemented by key advice to improve the quality of life of the patient (conscientization, specific exercises, etc.). The dysfunctions and pains generated fade or disappear completely and the body then finds its mobility. Better balanced, the patient no longer suffers and tires less; Its possibilities both physical and intellectual improve.
Osteopathy also allows preventive treatment of possible disturbances of balance and posture, regardless of the age of the patient. The child and the newborn are enjoying harmonious growth while the adult enjoys increased energy during their daily activities. To look after your posture is to be better in your body … and in your head!
■ Key tips for your posture:
-Support (with back support):
Grow up. Toss the top and bottom of your back on the chair (the back should be at an angle of 100 °). Adjust the height of your seat so that your feet are at rest on the floor (do not cross the legs for good circulation) and make sure your knees are at your hips. Do not fall backward or forward. Release your shoulders. Take care to get up every 30 minutes, walk and do some stretching.
Use cushions as needed.
If you are working on a computer:
Be close and centered in front of the keyboard. Your forearms are horizontal, aligned with your wrists and hands. Wrist stretches with counter force.
Adjust the tilt of your monitor and keyboard as needed and hold the mouse next to it. Your neck should remain straight and relaxed.
Rest your eyes looking away and putting the palms of your hands warmed for 30 seconds.
Your spine is straight and balanced. You can breathe deeply as your lungs and diaphragm now have enough room to swell and contract.
Point your toes forward. Engage your buttocks and support your feet so that they are naturally relaxed, as well as your ankle. Tighten the thighs half their capacity and subtly engage your abdominals. Adjust the tilt of your pelvis naturally.
Release your shoulders. Bring them backwards by bringing your shoulder blades closer together and allowing your chest to open forwards. Keep your shoulders aligned and your chest perpendicular to the ground.
Grow up, bringing the top of your head to the sky and keeping your gaze horizontal.
Turn your hands so that your thumbs are facing forward.
Invest in quality shoes as needed.
On the side :
Get a firm pillow, the thickness of which corresponds to the space between the side of your shoulder and your homolateral ear, no more and no less, to keep your neck in neutral position. Use a thin cushion between (or under) your knees for better support. Fold them lightly.
If you have a tendency to change your position during your sleep, wrap a pillow between your arms, which also helps to avoid compressing your shoulder and resting on your arm in contact with the mattress.
Prefer a firm mattress.
On the back :
Use a pillow that allows you to keep the neck in neutral position and a lumbar support if you feel the need.
Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended, as it creates pressure on your cervical.
Mais, avant tout… soyez confortables !