Posture and Your Internal Organs
Does posture affect your internal organs? You bet it does! For example, a 20 year study (https://www.optimalchiro.ie/2017/06/heart-disease/) shows that postural deviations related to a 64% higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.
We normally think of posture in terms of muscles and bones. From the outside view, good posture is healthy because it helps the body to move more efficiently. Muscles and bones operate with their correct span. Weight is carried effortlessly by muscle and bone. Strength and balance come easily.
Yet, each person is one unit. Internal organs are not free-floating inside our torso. The entire structure is woven together with connective tissue, and each organ has its ideal position. Organs are connected to bone and muscle with connective tissue. Good posture from the muscular viewpoint translates to good positioning of the organs.
Consider a general rule: Don’t carry weight on internal organs. Organs are not designed for weight bearing, and they don’t work well when forced to carry weight. Let the muscle/skeletal system carry the weight.
As an example, consider the person with a “beer gut”. The intestines hang out in from of the body and are unsupported. The bottom line is that the intestines carry their own weight. Poor digestion, constipation or diarrhea, bloat and gas are likely issues. Peristaltic movement becomes restricted, and the guts feel uncomfortable. In a balanced person, intestines rest comfortably inside the pelvic bowl and carry no weight.
Or consider a heart patient. A sunken chest, tight ribs, and forward-folded arms are likely present. So, the heart is not positioned in its ideal spot. The heart is forced to carry weight, and it doesn’t respond well.
A short-waisted person probably carries weight on the kidneys. Similar arguments can be made for the liver, spleen, prostate gland, etc. The same logic applies. Good posture takes weight off organs.
There may be many reasons for organ problems. But regardless of the problem or the treatment regimen selected, posture and alignment can help. Each of us has agency to help ourselves by working on posture.
Again, no “cure” is involved. We simply return the body to its “as-designed” condition; physical stress is removed; the cause goes away; and no cure is needed.
Posture, structure, organ health and movement are inter-dependent. Over time, you will look better, feel better, and move better. Enjoy the journey and the result.