I talked briefly about posture in my previous post but I wanted to write a little bit more about it. Someone once wrote about how we have become a “flexion addicted society”. By that, I believe that they meant that we once were a very stand-up active society and many of us have become long term sitters with flexed knees, hips, spine, shoulder joints, elbows, wrists and so on. It’s not so much that it is bad to be in a flexed body position, but that we remain there for an extended period of time. By being in a certain body position for an extended period of time, we can remain in that position due to the shortening and fixing of the connective tissue in that area and that the brain begins to assume that shortened position is the neutral position and will tighten the muscles to keep you in that bad position. What a Registered Massage Therapist does is to release the connective tissue and affected musculature, retain movement in the joints in that area that may become fixed in the process and to help to move the body back into a proper neutral position including a stretching/stretching/homecare program for the client to do at home to maintain the progress during the treatment session.
What also can occur with incorrect posture, is that when there are muscles that are shortened, there are other muscles that will become lengthened. For example, if your front-torso muscles are shortened, then your back muscles with be lengthened. Both shortened muscles and lengthened muscles will be weakened as opposed to muscles that are their proper length. Then, due to the above weakness, other muscles need to be recruited to complete the respective body movement.
What can also occur in muscles that are lengthened or shortened over long periods of time, is that they lose their ability to receive blood and lose their ability to get rid of the metabolic waste that muscles create. In this case, an acidic environment occurs in the muscle causing pain.
Visit your local Registered Massage Therapist here in Victoria or anywhere in British Columbia and get back into balance.