For correct posture and movement – follow a toddler’s example

Today’s blog comes from Physio Central’s newest recruit, Miles Bosoni. Miles is studying to become a chiropractor and as part of his training he has had in-depth training in sports massage techniques, including deep tissue massage and myofascial release alongside post isometric relaxation techniques.

We all used to be so flexible, perfectly activating our core and keeping a neutral spine while holding our heads in the correct position – then we grew up. Now we sit at uncomfortable desks all day, we pick up bad habits at the gym and the result is often pain or problems.

It might seem an unlikely place to look for perfect posture and movement, but babies and toddlers can teach us grown-ups an awful lot. The reason is that they quickly learn how to move efficiently with an under-developed neuromuscular framework.

What’s the answer?

Sadly we can’t rewind the clock and go back to our younger years, so the answer is in taking much better care of ourselves and knowing when we might need a bit of extra help.

As an athlete I have benefitted hugely over the years from regular sports massage in both my training and competing, but too often I see people ignoring their rehab routines and failing to reap the benefits that can come from treating your body to some well deserved TLC.

The benefits of massage aren’t restricted to elite sportsmen and women – sports massage can help relieve muscle tightness that comes from sitting at a desk for too long as well as helping prevent injuries and recover from injury. Chronic muscle fatigue and tightness is something that affects most people throughout their lives, whether it’s due to poor posture, muscle imbalance or over training. Deep tissue massage can help alleviate the stresses placed on overworked muscles and joints, helping rejuvenate the body and restore functional performance.

Injury and muscle tightness are just some of the ways our body reminds us that we have developed bad habits and that our musculature is taking the strain. While massage isn’t the answer for all problems, it has many therapeutic benefits dating back thousands of year as a way of helping manage symptoms such as chronic muscle tightness, fatigue and tension headaches more recently caused by poor working posture.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact and I look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon!

 

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