The word disrupt has steadily crept into our vocabulary over the last few years. Often used to describe new ways of doing business (gig economy, lyft and uber) I am seizing this word for my work helping people change their posture. I have developed a signature methodology that at its core requires one to disrupt accidental and ingrained movement patterns and replace them with new habits. My passion for helping people live optimally in their bodies led me to develop Correct the Tech, an interactive presentation for your workplace or private exercise practice.
Humans accidentally develop habits on a regular basis. A person twirling hair comes to mind. Texting and walking through crosswalks is another example (more on that another time). As we’ve jumped on the technology wave with all its pluses more than a few minuses have developed too. I am here to officially announce that typing on your computer or smartphone or tablet does not require dropping the chin and rounding forward from the upper back! We must disrupt this accidental pattern and extend the spine and elevate the chin.
The spine is a beautiful thing that not only houses and protects your nervous system but is capable of moving in a beautifully 360 degree fashion: it extends upwards and side to side, it rotates, it flexes forward. When you sit or stand for long stretches, likely with some forward spinal flexion, your back needs some equal time in its other possible positions. In other words, repetitive motion injury doesn’t just apply to attaching widgets over and over. Holding a body part static for long periods is not ideal. The good news is you can shatter these old ways and take charge of your vitality.
You have control over how you use your body and it may be time for you to learn some knew techniques. The spine is malleable and if you keep telling it to hunch forward it will continue to oblige: “oh, ok - you want me to hold that shape all the time, I get it, I got it” Time passes. You’re rounded and hunched. However the old adage “it’s never too late” applies to posture correction, regardless of age. Research shows even individuals with advanced osteoporosis show improvement in their spine with the appropriate strengthening regimen.
Disrupt desk time, tablet time, texting chin time with the signature methodology in Correct the Tech. Show the world how an extended spine and lifted chin not only makes you feel better and work longer, it elevates our place in community—eye contact is making a comeback people.
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