Your spinal health and the overall health of your skeleton and muscles together as a system falls under the category of postural alignment. Good posture isn’t just about sitting up straight. Lack of enough motion combined with the way you sit, stand, and lie in bed will naturally create imbalances in this system. When possible, we need to compensate for these imbalances, and there are many ways to bring alignment back into your posture and musculoskeletal system.
Bones do what muscles tell them to do. Your muscles do what your brain tells them to do. All skeletal motion is initiated by muscular activity. Not all muscular activity is initiated by your voluntary will. The skeleton should be balanced across four load-bearing joints on each side of your body: ankle, knee, hip, shoulder. If you’re missing some of your limbs or load-bearing joints, this article may not apply to you.
Everyday life impinges upon the tissues of our body as much as our thoughts do, and the accumulation of tensions create contractions in the muscles. These contractions materialize in the form of micro-spasms, full-blown spasms, aches and pains, chronic pain, tenderness, lethargy, plus cramps from chronically imbalanced load-bearing joints. The tissues around these joints will deteriorate, and the joints themselves deteriorate, in direct proportion to their lack of use and lack of balance.
Replacement of said joints does not restore balance. Without taking measures to restore balance, people end up having surgeries which often could have been avoided through the simple application of self-discipline.
However, self-discipline may not be possible if you haven’t first taken steps to restore belief in yourself and find meaning in your suffering. We address that separately as part of The Self-Healing Path and Belief, Meaning & Purpose sections of this website.
This article specifically addresses our postural alignment. We address Flexibility and Range of Motion in a separate article.