Body Alignment and Balance
December 18, 2017
Author: Bianca Yang
It is absolutely crucial to maintain good skeletal alignment. I believe we should all strive to control ourselves as much as possible, which includes controlling our bodily movements and reactions. Aside from diet, the other factor in maintaining good control of our bodies is alignment. If you are in good alignment, you will not have pain. You will be strong and able to go about daily life with ease. You will look and feel good.
So how to begin diagnosing and fixing your alignment? Start with Pete Egoscue’s book, Pain Free and go through the exercises to start moving your hips, shoulders, knees, and other joints back into place. If you don’t know where to start, either read the entire book and then choose a section or start with the hips. Your hips are in the center of your body and control so much of your balance that it’s probably the most important to get right first. Fixing your hips may even fix knee, shoulder, neck, etc. problems.
If you aren’t convinced that Pete’s worth listening to, he has a series of alignment videos on Sonima Fitness which you can follow along for a couple days to see if they help: Hip: http://www.sonima.com/fitness/hip-alignment/ Shoulders: http://www.sonima.com/fitness/misaligned-shoulders/ Head & Neck: http://www.sonima.com/fitness/head-and-neck-alignment/ General: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-89-dJGGFU
I’ve used Pete’s techniques on and off to correct alignment, and they’ve tremendously helped in keeping away shoulder pain brought on by extended computer use, correcting vertically misaligned hips, and a whole host of other issues.
But don’t think that you should rely on Pete to fix you up every time you have a problem. The best treatment is prevention, so if possible, try to fix up your general lifestyle habits so you won’t go back into misalignment. Buy a better chair or standing desk. Adjust your computer screen to be eye height. Exercise more. Buy a better pillow and mattress. Little tweaks will help you immensely in having better health and a better life.
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