"The extreme emphasis the running world has put on foot strike is misplaced. ... The emphasis on foot strike missed the mark by putting the attention on the end of the chain, rather than the beginning. We need to shift our focus upward to our hips and glutes, where the stride begins. ... Heading to the gym to attack these (muscle) weaknesses often doesn't correct them, however. Research has shown that strengthening alone - without retraining movement patterns - does not alter mechanics." Running Times article It's All in the Hips, March 31, 2014 http://m.runnersworld.com/person/jonathan-beverly
"My best friend continually tells me she knows its her posture causing her pain and that she felt better after the posture session. But this knowledge never translates to willpower. I think she almost likes the attention all the pain is getting her. I'm about to tell her I can't handle another phone call where she tells me how bad it is then how great this new PT is but then continues to be in pain ... cause the entire time she is refusing to take personal responsibility! The exercises are there ready to get her body out of pain and she knows it but she wants someone else to fix her, but that never works."
Egoscue Trained, Posture Alignment Therapist working with Professional Athletes
"Damage from prolonged forward head position contributes to muscle spasm, disc herniation, osteoporosis and nerve impingement. Posture has impact on and helps modulate all body systems from breathing to hormonal production.
"Just as the position of one joint can drastically affect other joints, a change in joint angle can affect the tension produced by muscles that surround that joint. If muscle length is altered as a result of misalignment (i.e. poor posture), then tension development will be reduced and the muscle will be unable to generate proper force for efficient movement. With movement at one joint being interdependent on movement or preparation for movement of other joints, any dysfunction in the chain of events producing movement will have direct effects elsewhere." National Academy of Sports Medicine.
"Musculoskeletal misalignments can not only negatively influence the tone of the muscles that attach to the neck and head but also shut off blood supply to the brain. This is because 30% of the blood delivered to the brain comes through the vertebral artery. If the neck is out of alignment due to poor posture or trauma, the brain can actually go into partial asphyxiation as the oxygen level decreases and the carbon dioxide level increases. Headaches, especially tension headaches are symptoms of this occurrence. "
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Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.