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Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye

In the last article we introduced you to a quote by Roger Sperry, the medical Nobel Prize winner in 1981 for his work on brain research. For those who missed it here it is again.

"Better than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating the physical body in its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy available for thinking, metabolism and healing."

This applies when a person has perfect posture, more technically known as the Physiologically Efficient Posture. When the posture is less than perfect even more than the 90% output is used for keeping you upright. That means there is less for everything else.

What is the Physiologically Efficient Posture?

This is a shorthand way for describing a body in which all of its many parts are in the correct relationship to gravity and to all of its other parts. It is in this position that the body works most efficiently. That is, it uses the least amount of resources at its disposal to maintain itself as it should do.

But what does it look like?

Well, if you stood a person in front of a plumb line it would bisect them evenly in two, left to right, and their shoulders and hips would be level and parallel. Side on, the plumb line would fall through the middle of their ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle, and the body would show smooth and regular curves; much like in the diagram below.

Plumblines

The Remaining 10%

If we look again at the quote from Roger Sperry we can see that just under 10% (let's call it 10% from here on in) of the total output of the brain is used for thinking, metabolism and healing.

Just think about that for a minute. 90% of the total output of the central nervous system is used for keeping our bodies upright in the gravitational field and only 10% for everything else.

Only 10% of the output of our central nervous system is available for digesting our food, making new body parts, composing symphonies, being good at sums, restoring, renewing and repairing ourselves, loving our families and friends, being creative, reading this page, and in fact any other activity you can possibly think about!

Obviously we need to keep that 10% working so that we can reach our full potential in life.

Less than 10%

What happens if we are not in the Physiologically Efficient Posture? I'm sure you're ahead of me already. The body will recruit as much of the remaining 10% it needs to offset the increased drain on the system that is incurred when the body needs more resources to stand upright.

That means even less of the remaining 10% is available for everything else, or, as Roger Sperry says in the opening quote,

"The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy available for thinking, metabolism and healing."

Obviously for optimum thinking, metabolism and healing we need to keep the body in its Physiologically Efficient Posture.

How to regain good posture.

If you want to help yourself to get back to a better posture you can use a technique called the supra-sternal lift. The supra-sternal notch is the little hollow between your collar bones. If you lift that hollow upwards then the rest of the body will magically fall into the Physiologically Efficient Posture.

If you find you can't maintain the supra-sternal lift of if your body has been distorted for a long time you may need professional help in the first instance. If you do, contact us at the Ishta Centre about having some Spinal Touch, a gentle technique which will correct your posture.

 

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