With so many points of articulation and wide range of motion, the shoulder joints are the most perplexing in the human body. They attach our arms to our bodies with three bones: the clavicle, the scapula, and the humerus. As one of the most versatile joints in the human body, the shoulder is fundamental for everyday activities. We use it to lift, push, pull, and rotate as with other such tasks.
Unfortunately, this versatility is also what makes the shoulder so susceptible to injury and instability. You are far more likely to dislocate or damage your shoulder than any other joint. Of the 18 muscles required to manage and regulate movement in the shoulder, only two of them connect the arm to the central skeleton.
Poor Posture and Shoulder Pain
Maintaining proper posture is essential to joint and muscle health. Walking, standing, and sitting correctly keeps the spine in alignment, which balances the rest of the skeletal structure and the muscles by distributing weight and tension evenly. When we neglect our posture, our bones misalign, changing weight balance and over-stressing the joints. If left uncorrected, this typically leads to chronic pain and inhibited range of motion. Shoulder pain is no different.
There are different scenarios that can account for poor posture and shoulder pain. Sleeping in unhealthy positions, tiredness, slouching, sitting in front of a computer for extended periods, and even ill-fitting shoes all have the capability to misalign the body, creating tension and unwanted strain on the muscles and joints. We can also get our posture issues from relatives. Have you ever been told that you carry yourself like someone in your family? If that person has poor posture, you likely do as well.
Bad posture typically includes slouching of the shoulders and holding your head down and too far forward. This can impair your cartilage and muscles that guard the joints and can possibly even go straight toward damaging the joint itself. Eventually the stress put on your shoulders and neck by this positioning causes joint pain and headaches. If untreated, you will start to experience wear on the joints that can lead to fatigue, arthritis, and pain.
Even if you have maintained poor posture your whole life, it is possible to change that with exercises centered on posture and alignment. Massage therapy and yoga are other ways to promote healthier body positioning.
In the beginning, it will require more mindful thinking as it is easy to slip back into that old posture that is so damaging. Consistently working on improving that however, will ultimately improve your posture, joint health, and over all well-being.
Our feet are responsible for balance and support of the entire body. A carefully selected pair of shoes can aid our feet in maintaining appropriate levels of weight and pressure during movement, allowing for healthy alignment of the spine, and avoiding strain on the back, legs and muscles.
When proper balance is maintained, injury and strain are far less likely. Unnatural or unbalanced movement may not show noticeable effects immediately, but over time, these minor issues become compounded and can add up to chronic ailments.
One of the most important things to consider when taking up walking as a regular exercise is the importance of selecting the appropriate footwear. The quality of the shoe largely determines the performance, safety, and success of the chosen workout. Many types of exercise cannot be properly carried out without the correct equipment, and walking is no exception.
Posture is Essential for Spinal Health
The way we stand, sit, walk, and run are a part of maintaining that posture. Everything starts with the feet. They are our foundation so it makes sense that if we are not caring for them properly, the whole body can suffer. While practicing overall healthy posture in the way we stand or sit, mindfulness of how we care for and support our foundation makes an important difference.
Have you ever looked at the heels of a pair of your old shoes and noticed that one side of each was noticeably more worn than the other side? This is because when you walk, your feet are rolling outward, inhibiting shock absorption which is causing strain on your limbs and lower back. If your feet roll inward, it can flatten the arch of the foot, adding strain to the spine. These scenarios can be minimized with the correct shoe.
Everyone is different, so care must be taken to ensure that you select a walking shoe that caters to your individual foot structure and way of movement. It is normal for a minor inward and outward roll of the feet to occur while walking. However, a properly-fitting pair of shoes will aid in preventing any further, unnatural movements.
The monetary cost of the best shoes for your needs may be intimidating, but when compared to the cost of your overall health and comfort levels, spending extra money is more than worth it. When you wear the proper shoes you are investing in your own long-term well-being, which in turn leads to a happier, healthier you!
“The knee bone is connected to the hip bone.” This is one scientific fact that holds golden nuggets of truth, and it applies to the human skeletal alignment. Whenever one joint runs off-balance, a chain of reaction is set off that throws other joints out of line, thereby placing a lot of strain on the spine. Good posture enhances a stable and strong spine. But since a healthy posture begins with the feet and ankles, properly fitted shoes lay the foundation for proper posture and spine alignment.
The feet are the body’s support base, and proper spinal alignment begins with ensuring that you adhere to good shoe sizing and support. Too large shoes are said to alter the shock absorbing qualities of the S-curves in the spine, and have also been linked to a significant increase in ankle pain. On the other hand, shoes that are too small are said to have the potential to cause foot pain, and also have a direct impact on the alignment and development of the toes and feet.
Wearing properly fitted and customized footwear will give you the support specifically designed for your foot structure, produce better alignment of your spine, and help you reduce or completely avoid discomfort and pain in your feet, hips, legs, and back. A properly fitted shoe will also help you eliminate the occurrence of calluses, blisters, and other complications caused by your shoe rubbing against your foot, while also making you feel and look more confident.
As we walk, we are constantly putting our bodies through extremes of unnatural pressure. We overload our joints from the ankles, knees, hips to lower back, and upwards through the spine. If we were to stop for a moment, think about our posture, and check out our spine shape, perhaps we would realize why it’s time for a change. Properly fitted shoes can change the way you use your muscles as well as reduce the shock forces associated with the entire skeletal system, and creates a natural balanced walking posture with exceptional increase in vitality and well-being.
Which shoes should you buy for proper posture and spine alignment?
Fit is paramount. Footwear that fits correctly will give you the best support and stability and will be most effective in protecting the natural alignment of your spine. The shoes you wear ought to be painlessly comfortable. Besides, they should have good arch support, shock absorption, and stability. On the same note, quality counts. Quality shoes incorporate design technology and materials that can endure daily use for longer periods of time.
Lastly, you need to be able to measure your feet to help you get the best fitting footwear. You can do this by using basic tools to measure the length and width of your foot. In addition, an orthotics specialist can use negative molds or mapping software to measure the pressure distribution and, most importantly, arch levels of your stance and walk. They can then recommend proper fitting shoes or custom orthotics to help promote healthy posture, relieve pressure and discomfort, as well as maintain the natural alignment of your spine.