Common Pitfalls

(7) Take care of your spine, or debilitating conditions are inevitable.

A stiff, rigid posture requires tension to be held in place, with dimming perception of the static tension, up until the moment when it, or something related, begins to hurt. Outwardly, this can be viewed as a comparatively lifeless expression of a defensive physiology. When this is habitual, the spine slowly but surely becomes structurally restricted over the years, with the bones calcifying, i.e., hardening, replacing the soft tissues of tendons and ligaments surrounding the joints. As long as that continues, herniated discs, osteoarthritic joints, osteophytes, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis, and other progressively deteriorating conditions are predictable. Even more significantly, though not as specifically predictable, are the effects on the organs – heart, organs of digestion, lungs, liver, etc. – when the full range of options for the functioning of the central nervous system is reduced. Spinal imaging sheds some light on what normal may or may not mean with regards to the diagnostic findings and impressions. Once under Network Care, as we begin to feel parts of our spine that we were only minimally aware of before, the enlivened perception will be concurrent with the liberation of energy that had been used to immobilize the joints over time.

(8) People rapport can only help.

Not coincidentally, posturing can also refer to the adopting of an attitude or taking a position, as in “he’s got an attitude”, or “that’s her position on the matter and that’s all there is to it.” This can at times, as one might imagine, imply a somewhat defensive, inflexible disposition. No words are needed when people are sensing that there may be a lack of total camaraderie. Babies, and all mammals, including human beings, instinctively react to a non-verbal form of body language in which our physical gestures most accurately mirrors what we’re feeling inside. Ever notice how an infant seemingly reacts instantly to even the slightest change in our ‘vibes’? Survival can depend on the most minute detection of something not being safe. When we’re at ease, it’s easier for those around us to be in rapport and feel at ease as well. Rapport with one’s self – stage 1 – is a good place to start. Breathing will then be unrestricted, to the degree that all segments of our spine can gently move in harmony with our ribs, which are attached to the thoracic spinal vertebra in back, as well as the breast bone in front.

(9) Mom knows best but…. Well, not always.

Good posture is most effective and sustainable when appreciated within a more comprehensive perspective. No one position of the spine, even when it’s the complete opposite of what we were taught, is detrimental, as long as it’s momentarily intriguing, or just happens to be most adaptive to the functional needs at hand.

Bending forward postures, while working, contemplating, or being emotionally expressive. All healthy adaptations of the spine.

Indeed, such freedom of movement and positioning is vitally important and necessary for breaking free of frozen tension, resulting from the accumulative effects of stress and trauma.

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