human body is often placed in a state of strain, which causes a loss
of proper balance between parts of the body and gravity. Such imbalance
or postural distortion usually indicates physical changes long before
any body functions appear disturbed.
parts of the body are situated so that they can interact efficiently
with one another as well as with gravity. If the centre of gravity changes
due to a biomechanical
change, postural distortion occurs. The body is able to repair itself
and adjust to the many forces to which it is subjected, both internally
and externally. This relationship produces a feeling of physical well-being.
diagram to the left shows typical posture distortions. Several problems
are clearly evident:
(1) correct posture;
(2) crowding of the lungs and heart;
(3) sagging abdominal organs and muscles constantly fighting the pull
of gravity. In addition, diaphragm movement is hindered, thereby decreasing
the amount of air taken into the lungs and requiring the heart to work
harder to pump the blood, which, in turn, creates congestion and back
pressure of circulation in the pelvis and legs.
explains why many of us suffer from aches, pains, headaches and other
medical problems. This frequently results in the feeling of getting
old before our time and so the saying "posture is more a determiner
of age than years," is correct.
posture is achieved by correcting the internal strains that are the
causes of many problems with your well-being.
is evident that from a postural change due to a biomechanical
fault, the imbalance causes stress on the body, creating injury,
aches, pains, and from a golfing point of view, faulty swing mechanics.
This is certainly evident as we get old and this is the primary cause
for swing mechanics to change with age in senior golfers.
diagram to the right shows the common changes that occur in the body
with age, like shortened height due to wear and tear of joints and increased
spinal curvature, sagging of the abdomen and change of balance.