I remember like it was Yesterday….I was a supervisor at a textile plant and one of my best workers was not at his station. He had spent a long time in the bathroom and that was not like him. My instinct told me to check out the situation and I made my way to the hallway leading to the bathroom. Just as I was about to enter the bathroom, the door opened and Martin came out. He was a big muscular guy but the expression on his face reminded me of a scared kid.
“What’s the matter, Martin?” I asked him. He said nothing and motioned me to follow him to the bathroom. A few minutes later, I could feel Martin’s voice tremble, and see tear drops beginning to stream down his cheeks. “That’s what’s been happening lately every time I go to the bathroom. I start bleeding. Man that’s a lot of blood. God damn doctors here can’t figure out what it is. I think I got cancer”
….fortunately Martin didn’t have cancer and the last time I ran into him he was in high spirits and looking fit. So what had caused his bleeding episodes that many years ago?
Too much weight lifting. I kid you not.
You see Martin liked to weight lift but he overdid it. He became one of those rare cases where excessive weight lifting caused a structural difference in his body. In Martin’s case one of his lungs became so much larger than the other that it squeezed the area near the heart and started internal bleeding. Lucky for Martin, the solution was for him to stop his excess weight lifting and take medication that would revert his enlarged lung back to its original size. Thus Martin would no longer have a structural issue when it comes to his health. He was provided with a structural solution.
This brings me to the forth part of a seven part series on the biggest posture mistakes. Not understanding that you have a structural problem and that you need a structural solution is the forth biggest posture mistake. This series, as stated before, is inspired by internationally trained posture expert, Paula Moore. You can check out her video below.
The rest of this post will focus on understanding a structural solution to your structural posture problem.
If you missed the first three parts you can catch them here:
Here is the deal
About 80% of us have good body symmetry. This means the left side equals to the right and spinal curves are where they should be. This is just another way of saying that everything is functioning as it should.
The hip bone connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone connected to the knee bone….
This means that if you twist something or move the wrong way general rehab programs can normally get you back to functioning like your old self.
Benefits of Massage to Functional Posture Problem
For example, Massage therapy can be used to reduce muscle pain. A massage is very relaxing and relieves the tension you carry in your shoulder and neck area. Also, massages relieve headaches as well. Most massages increase the hormone of Cortisol which is a stress reduction hormone.
Benefits of Correct Footwear to Functional Posture Problem
Fact: Wearing high-heels will slowly pull the weight of the entire body forward, thus corrupting the posture and arches of the back. High-heels are the leading cause of “Spondylolisthesis, a condition that is caused from slipping frontward on the lower back.
The simple solution to preventing pain and injury is to simply wear the correct shoes.
Examining Structural Solution to Structural Posture Problem
The cause of your posture problem and back pain could be the result of one leg perhaps being longer than the other. This is a structural problem. It has nothing to do with the functioning of the leg per say. Thus, the usual therapies such as ice, heat , electric stimulation, massage, or Yoga that are meant to reduce pain and make the leg muscles work better most likely won’t bring relief from the tsunami of discomfort caused by your right leg being shorter than your left.
Finding Structural Solution to Structural Posture Problem
The only solution will be addressing the imbalance caused by the leg-length discrepancy (LLD). It used to be that If after several careful measurements and x-rays, your physician finds a true difference in leg length, a series of heel lifts would be used to gradually raise the shorter leg until it is level with the longer one. This method works for some people, but others will need therapy from a doctor or physiotherapist who specializes in muscle imbalance.
Check out the wear pattern on your shoes. One shoe will wear out more quickly than the other if you have a leg-length discrepancy. Usual it’s the shoe on the longer leg.
When trying to hug someone taller than you, do you tip toe on one leg while the other stays flat on the ground? If so, you most likely have leg-length discrepancy.
You now know that you need a structural solution to a structural problem. And if you follow the information explained above, then you might just get the results like my friend Martin. You see, Martin used to be just like you. Sure his problem was a lot scarier—-no one wants to think he or she might have cancer.
Here is where his problem may be similar to yours. He really hated the fact that no matter what doctor’s orders he followed he wasn’t getting any results. Just like perhaps no matter what therapy you are using you can’t seem to get rid of the headaches that are a result of your bad posture.
And Martin just wished that he could stop his bleeding when he went to the bathroom.
After several weeks of having to deal with the stress of a bathroom visit, Martin finally decided to turn things around. That’s when he decided to find a structural solution to a structural problem. He started by following the steps outlined above and contacted a doctor who addressed the discrepancy in his lung size as a result of excessive weight lifting. And soon he stopped his bleeding episodes and was back to his normal self. In sum, the forth biggest posture mistake is not understanding that the cause of your posture problem may be structural and in need of a structural solution. I hope to see you next time when I discuss the fifth biggest posture mistake.
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