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Life Can Be a Pain in the Neck, Literally

What is Degeneration and who does it affect?

It is the process of deterioration of tissue causing a decline in functional ability.
According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, it affects more than 50% of adults over the age of 65!

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  • Improper posture can lead to misaligned joints causing wear and tear on the tissues and bones
  • Correcting your posture can realign your joints creating symmetry and balance

Table Of Contents 

  • How and why does Degeneration happen
  • What can be done about Degeneration
  • Exercises you can do at home

How and why does Degeneration happen?

Each symmetrically balanced joint provides adjacent bones with the precise socket space and cushy cartilage to align and move with ease and comfort. When extra weight, over or underused muscles, or injury occurs, overcompensation of one joint used over another creates misalignment within the joints. As bones begin rubbing at the edges of cartilage and bones begin rubbing on bones, structural joint damage and inflammation occur.
The main culprit - improper posture over time produces misaligned joints causing “wear and tear” of tissues and bones. This chronic repetitive motion of misaligned joints and joints compensating for other joints causes misaligned posture, chronic pain, and probable Osteoporosis.  

What can be done about Degeneration?

Degeneration is not inevitable. It doesn’t just happen because of aging. The anatomical blueprint for every weight-bearing joint displays strong muscles holding adjacent bones in perfectly aligned sockets; creating symmetry and balance. The perfect state of equilibrium occurs when the bones, the joints, and the muscles are in balanced alignment. However, just like any working machine, maintenance and tune-ups are needed for optimal performance.  This program will fix your Degeneration at home! Click HERE

Standing on the Posture Board
will realign your head, shoulders,
hips, and feet relieving pressure
on your joints.

Remember that correct anatomical alignment is interconnected from your head to your toes. Every joint, nerve, and muscle contributes to the maintenance of your anatomically correct original blueprint; the way you were born. The big picture of your overall well-being is made up of each of your parts. When you realize that even a misaligned toe can be the origin of neck pain, you will understand the importance of ensuring that each and every joint is optimally aligned.

Of course, prevention is key. Knowing that the human body is anatomically designed with symmetry and equilibrium of muscles, bones, and joints, provides us with the blueprint of our original state of being. Understanding that our bodies require daily focus and maintenance to maintain that balance is fundamental. Even if you find yourself in a state of imbalance, focusing on exercises that strengthen muscles and realign joints can make a tremendous difference in the quality of your life. 

Try these exercises to help with Degeneration:

Simply standing in the correct position with your head, shoulders, hips, and feet touching a wall, while on the Posture Board, for 5-10 minutes daily, will have a domino effect in creating positive anatomical alignment relieving much of the pain associated with poor posture.
Standing on Posture Board
Duration: Hold for at least 5 min
How to Perform:

  • Stand on the posture board against a wall with your feet fist distance apart, pointed straight ahead, slightly pigeon toed
  • Heels, hips, upper back touching the wall while head is in a relaxed neutral position
  • Hand relaxed to your sides
  • Relax stomach

By exerting pressure on a Posture Block, between your knees, your inner thigh muscles (hip adductors) produce hip rotation that activates your psoas muscles (the deep muscles extending from the sides of the spine to the femur), helping to unlock the sacrum, lengthen the spine, and improve stability in the hips and pelvis. 
On Back Block Squeezes
Duration: 1 set of 60 squeezes
How To Perform:

  • Lie on your back, legs up 90 degrees onto chair
  • Place Block in between knees, relax your stomach muscles
  • Hands out to your sided 45 degrees palms up
  • Squeeze and release for a 1 second hold against the block

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