Our Posture Has Gone "Rogue"

31 January 2017, 12:00 am
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Today's blog post is by Carrie Barlau, a therapist in our South San Diego clinic.

I'm a big fan of science fiction. Perhaps the love began when I was a young kid and my grandmother took me and my sister to see the "first" Star Wars movie at the theater. Like most other adults in the theater, she too whispered the scrolling text to us at the beginning so we didn't miss anything.

The droids were a HUGE part of what made that movie so great. C-3PO spoke with great diction, his mannerisms and posture mimicked humans as they were at the time; fairly functional beings with the knee, hip, and shoulder joints horizontally and vertically aligned, and the head sitting directly over the shoulders. Check out his posture compared to the human design blueprint. Not bad, right?

Fast forward four decades to the Star Wars movie released in December of 2016. I absolutely LOVED this episode and thought it was one of the best of the series. But when I saw the new K-2SO droid my first thought was, What is up with his posture? K-2SO's head comes out of the body where the sternum should be, there's a huge curve in the upper back, the shoulders are rounded and drooping forward, and the hips are tilted under. Compared to the human blueprint, this droid has a very dysfunctional posture, and it can cause more than just aches and pains in the body. The psychological effects of this position can change one’s mood, generating more negative thoughts. How can one project confidence and strength with the body in such a slumped position? The answer is...it can't.

This present-day droid has a classic Condition III posture (as described in Pete Egoscue's book, The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion). Back in the 70's when the first movie came out, this posture was relatively unusual. Why is that? Cell phones had just been invented and weren't widely used. There was no such thing as social media, and email wasn't even popular until the mid-90s. Kids played outside all day until it got dark. We walked or biked to school or the grocery store. We got up to change the channel on the television. We tended our own yard and house work. In almost every area of life, we moved more. Unfortunately, as technology has improved, our activity level has decreased, and our bodies are paying the price. Simple movements that our bodies are designed to make are no longer required and are becoming nearly impossible for many of you.

Sadly, the Condition III posture has become very common in this day and age, and we see it in our clinics on a daily basis. Perhaps that is why the new droid was designed the way it was--it mimics humans as they appear today. Yes, it's true...art is imitating life. There is no hope for improving this droid's posture, but as humans we have the ability to change ours. Don't accept this posture as the new norm, fight it by allowing your body to move the way it was designed, and then keep moving!

If you're ready to change your posture and get back in motion, contact us today!

QUESTION: How else do you see art imitating life in society today?

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