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How’s My Posture?

What could you do if you wished to take better care of your eye health and avoid potential vision problems that would harm your vision? Perhaps you would begin giving your eyes additional time to relax and avoiding intense vision jobs. Or maybe you would begin to eat foods that have favorable results on vision. But are you aware that you need to also be aware of your body posture if you actually want to save, protect or boost your vision naturally?

Vision and posture are intricately linked. The eyes are extensions of the brain and therefore a part of our central nervous system. When light strikes the retina in the back of the eye, signals and messages travel through the optic nerve to the visual cortex in the back of the brain, which processes and interprets information to send down the spinal cord and onward to the rest of the body. If the posture is poor and the body is slumped or hunched, these lightning-fast connections can be severed or skewed. Improper posture over time can gradually lead to shallow breathing, decreased circulation, stagnated lymph flow, physical fatigue and blurred vision.

Once vision is affected by poor posture and begins to blur, the posture often worsens through a strain to see either a close or distant object by reaching the neck forward or cranking it back. Vision and posture are intertwined and can either work together to spiral downward toward imbalance or spiral upward toward optimal functioning. Your body will start to realize that clearer vision comes when in a comfortable and correct posture, which begins establishing the new habit automatically. So don’t stress too much about sitting up straight or forcing yourself into a posture that doesn’t feel like you. Just stick with the vision improvement and the posture will readjust on its own. There are also several other modalities that can help you improve your posture and release stored tension throughout the spine and body. These include Massage, Acupressure, Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, Network Spinal Analysis, Yoga, Qigong and more.

Tip: Try to see from your spine. Instead of reaching your eyes outward and straining or squinting to see something in the distance, try relaxing back into your center or your core, like you are seeing with the visual cortex in the very back of your brain. This practice encourages relaxed use of the eyes and takes the pressure of the need to see. It also allows for deep, rhythmic breathing and a gentle tuck of the chin to elongate the spine and encourage more upright posture.

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