We all know that proper posture is important, but why is it so important and how does it affect the connective tissue? As stated by American Chiropractor Association benefits of good posture include proper alignment of bones and ligaments which decreases the abnormal wear of joints. Further, proper posture allows the muscles to work efficiently using just the right amount of energy to avoid muscle fatigue and even future back pain. On the other hand, bad posture over time strains muscles, creates fascial restrictions and can results in back pain. The American Chiropractic Association has outlined the proper posture for sitting, standing and sleeping. Please click here for more info.
So, having proper posture is very important stuff for your health. From a fascial (connective tissue) perspective chronic bad posture forces the fascia to anchor the tissue down to support the muscles that are carrying more than their fair share of weight. For example, if a person has a habit of slouching (as you can see in the illustration below) the fascia will adopt itself to this position and create restrictions to support this posture. The connective tissue will shorten and tighten all of the front muscles. The back muscles get overstretched in this position, so the fascia has to lay collagen (very strong substance) to support the load of the head (which weighs about 10% of our body). Once this pattern has been created it feels impossible to have an upright and open shoulder posture. This position overtime produces headaches and neck pain. This is where Myofascial Release Therapy can help. By releasing these holding patterns it allows the client to practice proper posture and feel amazing!