6. Alignment: Maintaining a Balanced Body

In our modern society, we spend a significant amount of time sitting. Whether it’s during school or work, we find ourselves in a seated position for at least 8 hours a day. However, our bodies are designed for movement. Evolutionarily, we were meant to be active scavengers in the prairie. Sitting is a sport that requires effort to maintain optimal performance. Our body alignment, particularly the tightness of our psoas muscle, plays a crucial role in this. When we sit for extended periods, the psoas muscle becomes tight and can lead to back pain and postural misalignment. Other parts of our body also compensate, causing further issues. Additionally, habits like crossing our legs and slouching forward while working on computers can contribute to asymmetry and neck problems, including migraines.


The Body as a Bridge

The body functions as a connected bridge, where one area’s compromise can result in compensations and pain in broader parts of the body. For instance, low back pain can eventually lead to discomfort in various regions. It is crucial to address these compensations and prioritize maintaining proper body alignment. By doing so, we can alleviate pain, prevent further complications, and promote overall well-being.


Conscious Effort for Alignment

Maintaining proper body alignment requires conscious effort. Each person’s body and fitness level are unique, so it’s important to start at a comfortable level and gradually progress. For example, if you are not in the best shape, incorporating cat and cow poses (image below) and daily 30-minute walks can be a good starting point. Adaptability is key. Find alternative exercises like using an elliptical machine or walking in a pool if walking causes knee pain. Remember, change won’t happen if you continue doing the same things. Stepping out of your comfort zone and maintaining persistence in your efforts are essential for achieving improved health.



Resources for Alignment

To support you on your alignment journey, the free YouTube videos available on the Egoscue method channel can serve as a valuable resource, providing guidance on various exercises. Additionally, considering physical therapy and learning home exercises from a therapist can be beneficial. Gradually increase the intensity, frequency, and duration of your workouts. Each step is a progression towards better alignment and overall health. For instance, I have witnessed some of my patients transitioning from physical therapy to engaging in regular yoga practices or even embracing the challenges of CrossFit.

Video links to cats & dogs : https://youtu.be/_RxaW74wlQs

Video links to shoulder & neck alignment : https://youtu.be/1Ew-U1zBvio



Prioritizing body alignment is essential for overall well-being. By being mindful of our posture and taking proactive steps to address misalignments, we can alleviate pain and prevent further complications. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so gradually build up your exercise routine and embrace the continuous journey towards improved alignment. Your body will thank you for the conscious effort you invest in its well-being.

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