Here’s a little story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside… wait a second. It’s not that. Gaylynn Byrd is gonna talk about that slumped position you are probably sitting in right now, and what you can do about it to be better every day!
“Shrinking Grandpa Syndrome”
When I was a young girl I remember looking at my grandfather adoringly. He was the kindest man I knew, in my eyes he was 7ft tall (actually 5’6”). The years of hard work in the Foundry took a toll on his body. In my heart he still was a giant but physically he was getting shorter and shorter. His shoulders were rounded, his head and neck more forward and he shuffled as he walked. No longer could he sit, stand or walk tall. I would have loved to been able to prevent this from happening to him; but hopefully I can help some of you!
Many of us have family and friends that look as though they are shrinking too. Extended hours on computers and phones, sitting at a desk, driving vehicles and playing video games are just to name a few.
Most are not thinking about their body’s position and have adopted poor body alignment because of it. Hence the “Shrinking Grandpa Syndrome.” I know no one intentionally desires poor posture but you must become intentional in correcting it.
Our spine needs to be surrounded by strong muscles and connective tissues to prevent spinal instability and injury. Our daily movements and training techniques need to have a specific plan of action.
Some suggestions that have been helpful with my clients and myself:
First have awareness of how your body is positioned. If you think about creating space between major areas of your body: such as your neck and shoulders and hip and rib cage. To create length in your spine, imagine string from the top of your head pulling you up. It’s important to have a long, tall spine with most all of your movement. If you are at a desk, get up and move every hour. Driving in a car, set your rear view mirror higher so you have to sit taller in your seat. Think to yourself: sit tall, stand tall and walk tall! These actions will all help but it is also important to implement loaded movement training for more strength and stability for the spine. Our feet and hips have a direct link to protecting our spine by their movement. In rotational movement the hips and feet must move and initiate rotation (where the pelvic goes the lower lumbar will follow.) It is important to load our spine properly to generate the strength and flexibility needed for good posture and better movement.
If you are unsure about your training techniques don’t abort your efforts … ask for help! Tony, Manny, Sheila and I are more than happy to help you!
Get UP Get OUT and GET MOVIN!!!