Our posture cannot be considered as a single act or position, but a unique moment in time that captures only one possible postural position.
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How is it that we can identify a friend or loved one from a distance? Is it the color of their hair? The clothes they wear? Often it goes beyond this, to an attitudinal posture or way of walking or standing that separates one person from another.
The upright standing posture is a beginning, not an end to uncovering perfect posture. It is used as a benchmark by which we begin the posture assessment process, allowing uncovered changes to be a movement away from and/or towards our ‘ideal’ posture.
“Proper posture is believed to be the state of musculoskeletal balance that involves a minimal amount of stress and strain on the body” (Yip et al, 2008, p. 148)
However when this balance is altered by habit, accident, injury, or some other unwanted issue, then we are likely to fall into postural disorder. Many do not see poor posture patterns as an issue that requires attention or intervention. Quite often the effects of poor posture are in the background – an afterthought of something that we may attend to in time. While this in itself is understandable, for most of us it is when problems arise that any suggestion to improving our posture is considered (much like when a toothache leads us to a dentist).
When treatment doesn’t seem to help – the PAIN – SHORT TERM RELIEF – PAIN cycle.
Often, when in pain or discomfort, our obvious first thought is to work towards remedying this state. You search out a therapist who will often work on the area of pain and when things don’t improve you start to ask WHY? It’s at this point when a broader picture of what is happening may be necessary – and when a therapist with training and understanding of integrating posture patterns can assist you in identifying any unique posture changes and adaptations that have kept you locked in a cycle of pain – short term relief – pain.
Posture and Functional Training: What does this all mean?
The degree to which we can encourage the whole body to move is the level of change that is possible – enhancing cooperation within the ‘parts’ to improve the ‘whole’ person.
Posture is a static moment in time. It becomes a perceived notion of what we think it means to stand up straight, or sit with poise. In searching for the ‘ideal’ position we can lose sight of the bigger picture:
How do we use the static (posture) to understand and deal with the dynamic (how we move)?
That is where performance, or movement training enters the equation. By developing a deeper awareness of how to find an optimal posture (our best possible structural and postural position in a given moment in time.) or position, and then initiating a mindful movement moving with awareness and understanding of what is expected within a given movement from point A to point B.) we are creating an environment in which efficient movement with minimal energy production can be possible.
The OLOS HEALTH Approach works with existing models and paradigms that can be found in other complementary disciplines. However, what they don’t often consider is the association of these elements to work as a comprehensive and cooperative process: empowering the individual.