Patterns of body misuse

Throughout most of our lives, many of us experience positioning and holding the body in a restrictive form, while believing we are holding to the principles of "good posture". When the body is confined, through habitual patterns of postural misuse, in sitting, standing, and in motion, {everyday life} the mitzvah principle becomes dormant in the body. When this happens, movement no longer activates this self-corrective defense mechanism, thus rendering the body vulnerable to injury, excessive wear and tear of the joints, muscular aches and pains, and interference with the body’s ability to heal itself.

Consequences of body misuse

  • Cause tension, stress, headache and chronic pain
  • Neck, back, shoulder, knee, leg and ankle pain
  • Pinched nerves, joint pain, inflammation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Respiratory and circulatory problems
  • Dysfunctional movement, (loss of mobility) poor coordination
  • Excessive use of medication to relieve pain
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Major cause of postural and spinal deformities affecting adults and children
  • Contribute to postural difficulties which result in physical disabilities

Other patterns of misuse

  • The contracting of the head and neck back down against the spine every time we sit and stand
  • Sitting into hip when standing
  • Arms crossed at chest, clasping hands in front or behind
  • Locking the knees, when standing and in motion ( jogging, running)
  • Knees dropping in, when sitting and standing and walking
  • Slouching in furniture and vehicles
  • Crossing the legs

Better posture vs poor posture

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