Keep Your Back Straight

Back problems are becoming a real burden for people since last decades. One reason is the lack of activity and exercises that maintain a sufficient muscle mass in the back, and especially in the lower back. Another reason is the general feeling of being ‘overloaded’ by daily tasks creating many other issues and amongst them stress and bad sleep.

We often hear our parents or gym school teachers saying: “keep your back straight”. Usually we don’t apply what they say because we are young and generally in good health. We just pay the price slowly years after years if we don’t follow this advice.

On top of having pain due to a bad position when we sit or walk, we block the energy flow in our body, thus weakening every parts of our body from muscles to organs and eventually our mental and perception capacities.

Ancient yogic traditions knew it all well and recommended the back straight when performing exercises such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Body Work Yoga and Breathing Work Yoga.

Here are simple explanations why keeping a back straight is all benefit for you. You can find additional information here for example.

Energy Flow in a Straight Back

First of all, we must explain some basics of energy flow. Energy is made up essentially of two components: 1) our food and 2) the oxygen we breathe. The blood flows from our heart to each parts of our body and carries nutrients and oxygen that together transform into energy to fill up our ‘Battery’. So the first simple conclusions are: 1) eat well and 2) breathe well. We will not go into the details of these two point in this post as they have been developed already elsewhere in this website and many other ones.The energy is thus carried by the blood pulse wave in bursts depending on the heart rate and as well depending on the state of our arteries and organs. This was explained in a previous post. Now, our arterial system, that is the plumbery guiding the blood stream inside our body, is looking like a tree from the biggest tubes close to the heart to the smallest ones at the extremities as briefly illustrated in Figure 1.

Figure 1: some parts of the circulatory system. Red tubes are the arteries full of oxygen, and the blue tubes are the veins less rich in oxygen.

As the blood flow is pulsing from the heart, the energy wave splits as it encounters obstacles. These obstacles can be an anatomical branching or some blocking in the artery (arteriosclerosis) or bending/squeezing. The later situation can happen due to some accident, disease or just a bad position of the body.

The best case is illustrated in Figure 2 where the red tube symbolises a healthy arterial system: the flow goes straight from the heart to the brain down to all the organs and tissues.

Figure 2: Perfect energy transfer

Energy Flow in a bent Spine

The following Figure 3 illustrates the case when a person is bending the body or just have a bad position. The blue boxes illustrate a blockage in the blood flow. The blockage between the heart and the brain can be due to a bending or twisting neck or any blockage inside the arteries leading to the brain. The blockages between the heart and the bottom of this drawing can be due to similar reasons. This blockage results in an energy lost, and in this example we have used a 20% lost. As a consequence of these blockages, the body organs and tissues do not receive their required energy

Figure 3: Energy is lost due to blockages

Additionally, as the blockages increases and due to the energy demand of each organ stays the same, the heart must increase its blood output. This can be done either by increasing the heart rate, or by increasing the blood volume pumped out. The first effect puts heavy stress on the heart muscle, and the second effect is often accompanied by an increase of the heart muscle mass which also contribute to stressing this organ. Both effect have serious impact on blood pressure by increasing its baseline level.

A poor blood flow circulation will also impact the state of the arteries which might stiffen and increase slowly the blood pressure.

What we thus have to understand is that a good blood flow is synonymous to a good health and vitality by maintaining a good energy supply to the entire body. Lastly, a poor oxygen delivery to the organs will weaken its function, which in the case of the brain will impact the mental activity create headache, lost of memories, weaken perception.

The SATHeart device is a great tool for assessing any of the above problems: stiffening of the arteries, increasing blood pressure baseline trend, hardening of the heart muscle walls, increased heart rate and lowering the variability of the heart rhythm, detecting heart arrhythmias, and much more.

Consequently: eat well, breathe well, exercise mildly, do yoga or similar rebalancing practice and most importantly enjoy your life !

Your SATHeart Team !

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