You and I are much like a car. Alignment matters.
When our car is out of alignment there are concerns far graver than just trying to stay in our lane on the freeway. The increased pressure and friction of being out of alignment means that your car has to work harder. When a car or individual has to work harder to travel the same old amount of miles every day, our fuel economy is poor. Similarly, your body won’t have effective force generation.
When we are out of alignment, the wear and tear on our tires shortens the life of each tire. Likewise, the wear and tear of misalignment wears out our shoes and even worse, our feet. Poor foot health means everything else up the body chain wears out faster such as joints, ligaments, limbs, etc.
If your car pulls to one side, it causes an extra strain on your engine, your brakes and other major parts of the car. Again, if you are pulling muscle, bone and connective tissue to one side, the maintenance of and wellness of all body systems is down-graded. Down-grading = Not Good and over the years you wear your body out before its time.
Finally let’s look at safety as an issue. A car that is out of alignment requires that you constantly make manual corrections. Steering is difficult, swerving is noticeable and inevitable. If your body is out of alignment you might swerve when you don’t intend to, or not swerve enough when needed. This means you are more likely to fall, trip, bump and ding yourself as you maneuver through the day.
Alignment does matter and if you want to improve your body’s alignment, here are four great suggestions of what you can do about it right now:
2 – Seek out a Restorative Exercise class in your area, or if you’re in Salt Lake, attend one of Susan’s classes, here is her online schedule.
3 – Immediately revise your alignment by adjusting your head posture as illustrated here by Barbara Loomis, LMT, RES.
4 – Read this great book from one of Susan’s and Barbara’s mentors Katy Bowman.