by Dana Cavalea November 04, 2017

 

Have you guys ever walked around and really studied how people look physically?

By physically, I mean how many people do you see walking with great posture, a clean gait, and an optimal shoulder width to waist ratio?

I will tell you this.. the numbers are getting less and less.

One of my favorite things to do, although a bit lame, is to watch people walk in public settings.. (people watching if you will)..

What I have been greeted with more and more has been watching folks over 40 with a crumbling muscular/ bone structure.. lacking alignment..

Now hear me out.. 

Just look around and you will see:

  • slumped postures,
  • people dragging their feet when they walk,
  • forward rounded shoulders,
  • a forward head and neck,
  • a head tilted to one side,
  • a shortened gait when walking,
  • an expanded waistline,

This is the classic adult these days.. and we are even seeing it more with kids as well.. (ipad posture)..

I was speaking with a cousin of mine the other night.. 

He recently (8 months ago) received rotator cuff and labrum surgery.. now has a clean MRI and is suffering from shoulder pain still..

So what I gave him was as series of ITYW shoulder exercises to retrain his shoulder to sit DOWN AND BACK.. (video)

The lesson here is this.. prior to surgery he had a bad posture or what we call a postural distortion pattern.. and then he "needed" surgery to combat the pain..(so the doc said)

Well after surgery that pattern was still there.. (forward shoulders and a dropped shoulder)...so the pain was making it's way back..

Surgery is sometimes a needed option.. but what I have found, based on what I SEE in people.. is that most of their daily pain and discomfort comes from a faltered posture.. 

Their pain comes from a "broken" structure as it relates to alignment, muscular tonality, muscular strength, and an aging underused or overused body.. that is often times left uncared for with weekly training and massage..

I wanted to share this blog with you to get you  thinking about how you are walking, sitting, standing... asking yourself if you are in a position of FUNCTIONAL ALIGNMENT... 

This will lead you to a more pain-free life, with a lower predisposition to acute injury and pain!

 

Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a high performance speaker and consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. With the New York Yankees Organization, he spent many of those as the Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance Enhancement, winning a World Series in 2009. Dana is also the founder of The Proformance Agency, a network of like-minded coaches focused on advancing the performance of CEO's, Executives, Celebrities, and high profile performers. Dana is the owner of ML Strength, a group of health, wellness and fitness centers located in the New York Tri-State area.


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