"...and Christy's work has helped bring my leg back to a condition that otherwise wouldn't have been possible trying to do this on my own. I can feel that she cares about my well being in a way that wasn't like what I had experienced at any of the physical therapy clinics."

~ Steve B. from Davis, CA
The Importance of Optimal Posture and Balance ©
Christy Friederich February 16, 2002
spinal posture
"The body has everything it needs to heal."
"Structure governs function, the rule of the artery is supreme."
"Change a structure and you change its function."
Dr. Andrew Taylor Stills, D.O.,
Founder of Osteopathy
Self knowledge about the body and conscious awareness
about how to use the body is absolutely essential.
Posture and balance play a important role in the overall health of the body. A centered and balanced skeletal position allows for the ease of movement and optimum functioning of the joints and structure of the body. In order to maintain good health throughout the body muscles must have the correct strength and muscle balance to support the best skeletal position.

Joints and Muscles Must Be Used In The Best Possible
Position For Strength and Ease of Movement.

When muscles are misaligned, tense and contracted because long-term stress, poor posture, injury, chronic misuse or surgery abnormal pull on ligaments and joints can develop. Injuries, accidents and chronic misuse cause stress in the muscles and ligaments does not allow for ease of movement.

Muscles and ligaments work in pairs. Joints, ligaments and muscles must be used in a manner that accesses the best position for the greatest strength and ease of movement. Fatigue, injuries, repetitive stress, accidents. surgery and injury cause changes in muscles and ligaments and other tissues of the body, such as fascia.

The misunderstanding of body mechanics and incorrect use of muscles, joints and ligaments can lead to 'accidents' that bring pain and other far-reaching physical problems. It is vitally important to understand the muscular and structural needs of the human body and take best possible care of all injuries. Delay in attending to injuries can result in a complicated recovery.

Changes or injuries create the following ---

  • Muscle group and ligament weaknesses in the shoulders caused by injury or poor posture leads to upper back and neck pain.
  • Injuries cause changes in muscles and ligaments around the tail bone. Tail bone injuries can be the cause low back pain and scoliosis.
  • Deformed feet or toes, collapsed arches, and injuries to feet or ankles affect the alignment of joints of the legs and hips.
  • Dysfunctional alignment of knees, ankles, feet or hips causes misalignment of the spine.
  • Misalignment and injuries to the ligaments and muscles supporting the attachment of the leg to hip or any change in the ligaments of the knee can eventually result in hip or knee replacement surgery.
  • Stress and overuse of muscles, ligaments and joints can cause injuries.

Maintaining optimum posture and balance in all activities supports good health for the rest of our lives.

"When we learn to work with our own Inner Nature, and with the natural
laws operating around we reach the level of Wu Wei [graceful effort}."
from The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
A good balance of mind and emotions, body and life style activities relieves stress and pain, restores the strength of the body, and creates flexibility of mind to support good health for a lifetime. My hope is to help each client realize how important it to know what is necessary to support the health of their body, emotions and spirit. Once you have learned the self care techniques and experience the self-healing potential that is available to you, you will be able to support yourself in the most healthy way.
babies sit naturally
" The natural state of the human body is health."
Dr. Meir Schneider

Babies spontaneously sit upright with a very straight spine. From infancy to adulthood our posture, structure, muscles, ligaments and joints go through many changes. Throughout our whole life our work and 'play' activities make changes to our body that effect our ability to maintain correct posture. During childhood periods of quick growth injuries can cause changes in our muscles and posture. Stress, subtle injuries, pain and illness cause changes in muscles and ligaments. After any of those events a child or a teenager may complain of back or leg aches. Often busy parents will dismiss such complaints and say, 'Oh,that's just growing pains'. It is important for parents to listen to a child's complaints. Pain is a message. During accelerated growth teenagers need to know that incorrect posture can hinder the correct development of their adult spines and be the cause of stress for the rest of their lives.

Possible reasons for PAIN AND STRESS:
  • During childhood periods of quick growth injuries can cause changes in our muscles and posture.
  • Stress, subtle injuries, pain and illness cause changes in muscles and ligaments.
  • At puberty our spine begins to develop the curve in the lower spine. A twisted, hunched forward or off-center posture weakens the muscles supporting the spine.
  • Incorrect posture results in changes in the spine that create fatigue, stress, and pain.
  • Poor information about the importance of correct posture for the growth of the spine frequently results in scoliosis
  • Sitting for hours in poorly designed chairs and desks at school or at work can cause changes in spine.
  • Ergonomically incorrect work stations and computer desks often create neck and back problems.
  • Mothers carrying their baby on one hip or lifting children can cause hip and spine problems later in life due to the changes in muscles, ligament and bone.
When joints are forced to move while misaligned and stressed the joint is in a vulnerable position and can be easily injured. If the joints of the spine do not move freely the nerves of the organs are not receiving the nerve vitality needed to support healthy functioning of the organs and systems of the body.

Conscious Awareness About The Self and Knowledge
About How To Use The Body Is Essential.

The majority of the clients I see come for an office visit because they have become acutely aware of an accumulation of stress or pain and they are looking for relief. Usually I find that they are concerned and frustrated about getting answers about their difficulty. After I assist them and do a Postural Assessment, I give them a brief education about about muscular and ligament stress and the mechanical design of the body.
This assistance helps them to see and understand why their body is stressed.
For more details re. Postural Assessment Page.