Have you every had someone take a photo of you when your sitting, without you knowing. The way we sit for hours at our computers is killing us. We have all experienced pain in our backs and necks in relation to the way we sit. Only the other day I was watching a bunch of children on their media devises with their forward head, rounded shoulders, and tilted hip postures, it was a real eye opener. Not only are we experiencing all the side effects of sitting, like sluggish metabolisms and other metabolic disorders, but our children will be growing up and experiencing many of these plus more postural related problems way before they should.
When we sit a tightness is created by an anterior tilt at the hips. Too much flexion at the hips will cause your lower back to ache and your quads to tighten, as the Rectus Femoris has it origin at the ilium which is in the front of the pelvis. As discussed in one of my earlier blogs “The Amazing Psoas” we also know that sitting shortens the Ilipsoas muscle, which has so many contributing factors to our health. eg: like our Digestive System, our Circulatory System, our Hormones in relation to our Adrenals, our Back Health just to name a few.
When we constantly sit in chairs for long periods, our muscles start to shorten, and then find it hard upon standing to return to their natural length.
To fix this we need to take action, we need to start to release and lengthen our fibrous fascia network. We also need to become aware of our habits that have brought us to this point. Can you really say that when you stand that your weight is evenly placed on both feet, or do you shift onto one side more than the other. Habits are hard to change and it does take time and effort, but by addressing the way we sit and stand in regards to our health and posture may not only improve our pain and discomfort, but may also have a positive impact on our overall health
A great quote by JANU VANIER
‘FASCIA DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. IT SIMPLY KEEPS GROWING AND EVENTUALLY HARDENING INTO WHATEVER SHAPE YOU MAKE MOST OFTEN WITH YOUR BODY. UNFORTUNATELY TODAY, THAT MOST LIKELY MEANS YOUR BODY RESEMBLES THE SHAPE OF AN OFFICE CHAIR.’