It appears from reading Neuromuscular therapy text books and various articles that posture impacts and modulates all bodily functions from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, blood pressure, mood, pulse and lung capacity are some of the conditions that are influenced by faulty posture. Making changes to your posture is a rewarding project to undertake and over time the improvements to your health are well invested.
Diaphragmatic breathing is a further tool that you can use to assist the change in your posture. By opening up the chest as the diaphragm unfolds it causes a natural retraction of the shoulder girdle preventing flexion of the thoracic spine that we see in Forward Head Posture. We tend to forget about the way we breathe and Diaphragmatic breathing is a skill we all need to master not only for posture but to decrease stress and increase energy in our bodies. It costs nothing just some time and a quiet place...your body will thank you.
Lesley is a registered and qualified Massage & Lymphatic Therapist based in Queenstown. She trained at the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine and has a special interest in sports rehabilitation & recovery, chronic pain especially low back/hip pain and reduction of lymphoedema.