Gravity and the effect it has on you
Physiotherapy

Gravity and the effect it has on you

You can't see, touch, taste or smell it, but its effects every day of our lives and the damage it does to our bodies is huge. No other force affects us like it does. Every day of our lives gravity works against us, and it affects us proportionate to our mass or weight.

The fatter you are, the more it affects you. Have you ever felt your pants tighter at end of day or do you suffer from varicose veins, swollen feet or a sore back?

Gravity never stops, and the constant downward pull it has on our bodies is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It compresses your spine and organs throughout each day with research showing less water in the spinal discs at the end of each day. It prevents water flowing uphill, and does the same to the blood in your body, causing swollen legs, dry skin and general deterioration. Slowly but surely you are shrinking. If you are in tune with your body you may instinctively put your feet up on a chair to increase blood flow to your heart. Yogis stand on their head or invert themselves to achieve a balance with gravity.

An easier way is to have your legs up a wall and allow the blood to slowly drain upward toward your heart or start a couple of yoga classes each week and feel the benefits. (Note; if you have a heart condition it is advised you speak to your general practitioner before commencing)

Learning to use gravity to your advantage throughout your day from lifting shopping bags to sitting at your desk all day can also minimize its effects on your body.

POSTURE

Your posture tells everything about you even before you open your mouth. You are depressed or shy as your head is down, shoulders rolling forward and arms crossed. You are confident as you are standing tall.

You are bossy as your chest is puffed out and you peer down at me as if to authoritate over me. What you think in your mind appears in your body and posture as clear as day. By changing what you believe and think you can actually change your posture and how you portray yourself to others. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement.

“I correct the posture of every patient I see, starting from their feet all the way to their head. Most patients once I have placed them in their correct posture feel like an alien from outer space for a couple of days until their bodies adjust, as habitually they are addicted to their old posture”

Good posture involves keeping your bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly and operating from the right length. In doing so this reduces fatigue as your muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy. Good posture also helps to decrease the abnormal wear and tear of joint surfaces that commonly cause arthritis, decreases stress placed on ligaments, prevents your spine becoming rigid, prevents backache and muscular pain as well as contributing to a good appearance.

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DON’T LET LIFE GET YOU DOWN GO WITH THE GRAVITY AND THE FLOW

Disclaimer: The content of this blog is informative only and is my opinion. It does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your GP or medical specialist before changing or coming off any medication.