Friday, August 1, 2008

Balance & Symmetry

Homeostasis is a term often brought up when referring to the ideal state of the human body.

The body as a unit has a balance between structure and function. Many engineers and architects seem to have a great understanding of these concepts, and ultimately the body is a lump of clay that is molded over the years. The longer your movements (your functions) are out of balance, the more deep rooted an imbalanced structure becomes.

Little things like brushing your teeth with only one hand can take up but a tiny portion of ones day but are furthering the use of one hand versus the other. Holding a bag always on the same shoulder rather than switching it up can actually limit your arm swing when walking because (women in particular) have the tendency to hold a bag in one hand when walking. Everytime you slouch you go further into the forward-head/caveman posture. Usually people are just not aware of these imbalances until it starts to hurt, and usually by then it is too late. Even having a dominant hand, one you use for the majority of tasks, tends to leave that dominant shoulder lower than the other and that sides 'upper quarter' more loose simply from being more active.

So this is my call to you to add balance to your life, not just left to right but front to back as well. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Every little bit counts. Don't say I never warned you :-D

2 comments:

ladosko2 said...

Balance is also seen with cardiovascular activities... yes it is important to get your aerobic workout, but consider the compressive forces on your joints with some types of activities (running can be a good example, depending on the surface).

AyJay said...

Postural balance is extremely important. Your spine is the axis for body movement.

Take a look at the PostureJac at www.posturejac.com as a way of teaching your body to recognize and desire proper postural balance.

It was developed by Dr. Makofsky, Professor at NYIT in New York.