The other day I took my daughter to the Covent Garden Apple store. We don't really go very often, and I can't even remember the last time I went with my daughter.
It was a Saturday, at midday, so you can imagine how crazy the area was, packed with tourists, performers, and people enjoying the sunny summer day.
If you know Covent Garden, then you'll probably know about those street performers that are painted in either gold or silver, dressed in strange costumes, and magically suspended on a platform.
"How do they do it?" I asked out loud, not expecting my daughter to respond.
"Oh, simple. That box underneath them has 4 big magnets, and they have a few magnets hidden in their clothes. That's how they do it. I saw a video on YouTube."
Right. Now I know what my daughter does when she uses my computer.
Anyway, I couldn't help but notice one performer who happened to have the most impressive and talented presentation. He also had the most horrible forward head posture I've seen in a while. Now, I gave him the benefit of the doubt, chalking it up to it being part of his performance. But still, it was remarkably bad posture, and I didn't want to think about how uncomfortable he must feel at the end of each day after hours of doing this.
What a pain in the neck he must have!
I absolutely love what I do, adjusting people every day, helping people feel better and be healthier with chiropractic. It's the best job in the world.
But, if there is any one bad thing about it it's that I walk around noticing people every day with fantastically bad posture. In fact, every day at least a half a dozen times a day, I just want to walk up to a person with bad posture just to help them straighten up.
What is it caused by? Well, it is the defence posture, which is a response to stress.
When something negative happens in our lives, whether it's an accident, or an emotional trauma, or an ongoing stressful situation, the body goes into a stress response. That stress response creates a defence posture.
Head forward, shoulder muscles tense, shortness of breath, tail tucked in, heart rate increased, and many more things that we don't even know about. Just think about a scared dog. That's pretty much what we do when we're stressed.
Imagine years and years and years of that, stressful event after stressful event, starting as a child, and WHAA-LA! Chronic severe bad posture. And most of these people have no idea how bad it is. No self-awareness.
Bad posture creates a whole lotta problems with your health including poor concentration, spinal cord impingement, headaches, poor lung capacity, fatigue, low immune system function, depression, etc.
I bet that silver man hovering over Covent Garden has no idea how bad his posture is. I even took a picture of him. Take a look!
Body awareness, exercise, proper sound and regular restful sleep, wholesome nutrition, and regular chiropractic care will not only prevent you from developing bad posture, but it can also help reverse it. But start by being aware of it.
And unless you're married (because you know your spouse is telling you to stand up straight), you probably don't even know it.
So book yourself in for a chiropractic check-up and start getting adjusted.