I work with a lot of people who have chronic migraines, fatigue, and pain. A lot of them also readily admit that they don’t have the greatest posture on earth.
What most people don’t realize is how CONNECTED your posture is with your health.
The even BIGGER problem is that we have all been told lies about our posture. Things like, “you just need to remember to sit up straight” or “you just need to stretch more”.
In this week's episode of the Quantum Chiropractor podcast, I give the full breakdown of how your posture ACTUALLY works.
The great thing about that is once you know the game you are playing, you can start making real changes to your posture, and your health.
To your tremendous health,
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Quantum Chiropractors Episode #4 Transcript:
Hello and welcome to episode number four of the quantum chiropractors podcast. My name is Dr. Jake Dodds and I'm excited to be here with you today. Cause we've laid the foundation in episodes one through three, where we've talked about there's chronic issues going on for millions of people. And there's answers of, excuse me, there's questions of why, why does it keep going on?
Why can't I get past it? Why does this keep happening? So we talked about two root cause issues. First being. structure, body needs to be in a good position if it's going to move and feel well. And today what we're doing is diving deeper into this root cause issue that gets missed all the time. So not only does it get missed all the time, but there's a lot of misconceptions out there and we've all been told these lies that simply aren't true.
So again, we're going to be digging deeper in this here today. Now, first thing we've all been told about posture that isn't true is that, hey, if you want to have good posture and structure, you just got to remember to sit up straight. So as soon as you think about sitting up straight, you're going to pull yourself up.
And then that's how you're going to be in a great position. And that's going to fix all your structural issues. The only problem with that is it doesn't work at all because you can, anyone can force themselves straight for like one to two minutes or however long they're thinking about it. And then as soon as you stop thinking about it, what happens?
You go right back to where your body defaults to, right? So why is that? Well, it's because posture is an autonomic process. There's two parts of your nervous system. There's voluntary, which is if you want to raise your arm up, you raise your arm up. And then there's involuntary, which is all the stuff that keeps you alive.
So you don't have to think about beating your heart. You don't have to think about digesting your food. And very lucky for us, we don't have to think about holding our bodies upright against gravity because if we did, we would be falling down on the ground a lot and spending most of our day on the ground.
So the neurological component to posture doesn't get nearly, nearly, nearly enough credit because it ultimately is how your posture works. So we have the autonomic nervous system that controls the postural body. And this is another important point is because everybody thinks of muscles like we're a marionette doll.
And if you just pull on the right muscle the right way, your body is going to end up in the right position, right? Well, no, because a muscle only does what a nerve tells it to do. So if your nervous system is irritated, if it's overstimulated, if it's under stimulated, if it's not firing correctly, What happens to the muscles on the other side of that they tighten up they asymmetrically tighten from the right side of your body to the left side of your body and we end up with a bad game of Telephone and people who feel like they're stuck in their own bodies and I hear this all the time It's like man my like right side of my neck and shoulder always feels tight.
I stretch it I Do all this trigger point work. I get a massage. It feels better for like an hour a day and then it's right back to where it started and Again, it's just kind of like left at that But if the nerves that are going to the right side of the body again are more irritated than the left You're gonna end up with that imbalance and that tightness And again, this is where people just continue to fight tightness forever Because if we're not getting to the root cause of what's causing the muscle to contract in the first place It's like if the air conditioner panel at your house is broken and the temperature is consistently off and you're like opening windows and you're putting on sweaters and you're like, man, what's going on?
And it's like, if that control panel is busted, you're going to have ongoing issues. So this is the first important point to realize about posture is your nerves ultimately control the position of your body. So if that hasn't been considered for yourself before, it really needs to be. Now, this rabbit hole goes deeper because we got more players in the game and they all interact with each other.
So it is, of course, true that we have muscles that contract and move us around. What we also have is bones and joints that houses our nervous system that all those muscles connect to. So for a lot of people, the bones themselves are not in the correct position, position either. Uh, nowhere is this more true than in the spine and the neck and head tend to be extra complicated because there's so many nerves there.
There's so much movement that happens there, and the way that the structure is built is that the windows are tighter than they are at other parts of the body. The last thing that happens is we have this tissue called fascia. It operates as these big, stretchy rubber bands all throughout the body. It's the most underrated tissue in the body.
It literally covers everything, muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs. It's electroconductive, and again, it's got these cool, flexible properties that allow us for dynamic, explosive movement. What happens though is if the body has been in an incorrect position for a long period of time, that fascia gets adhered and dehydrated, and it's kind of like a sponge that you leave on the counter for too long.
It simply is impliable and inflexible. And this is where a lot of tightness actually comes from. Most people think it's like, oh, it's my muscles. A lot of times, it's actually the fascia that's pulling tight and dehydrated, and this is where we get these big distributions, because usually it's not like, oh, just this muscle right here is tight.
It's like, man, this whole side of my neck, my shoulder, underneath my shoulder blade, and into my ribs is tight. You know what I mean? It's like this big distribution for most people. So looking at all four players in the game is super important. Again, we got bones that form joints. We got nerves that tell muscles what to do, and then we got fascia that supports the whole thing.
So the reason most people struggle with their structure so much is because we're operating off this really old idea of, Hey, the human body's just this marionette doll, so as long as you pull on the right muscle the right way, you're gonna be good to go. Or if you just sit up straight, you're gonna be good to go.
Uh, it's, it's such a oversimplification and again, just not even how it works to begin with is the reason that so many people are struggling with this for months and years. So the big thing I wanted to do today was give you that overview of there's so much more to structure than what we've been told.
There's those four players in the game between the bones. the soft tissue of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, the nerves and the fascia. So with that in mind, we're going to continue to peel back this conversation and we're going to talk about those individually and things that we can look at so that you can move forward.
We can have more control of your posture and you have that better understanding of why this is maybe felt so difficult and why you feel like the posture or structure is struggling on a consistent basis. Thanks guys. Can't wait to talk to you more.