#109: Wellness Blueprint- How Body Types Affect your Health

April 3, 2024

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Have you ever wondered why some people seem prone to certain body problems while others face different challenges? As a practitioner immersed in clinical practice, I contemplate these questions daily. Initially, my approach was fixated on identifying problems — “What’s your issue?” However, over time, I’ve come to recognize several fundamental concepts that shed light on how our bodies can get stuck in certain patterns.

One such concept I’ve termed the “inherent design.” It reflects the natural blueprint of our bodies, how they are ideally structured to function optimally. My role as a practitioner, especially in bodywork, is to align individuals as closely as possible with this inherent design.

However, life introduces variations. Conditions like Arnold Chiari or Scoliosis present unique challenges that may not perfectly align with the inherent design. Additionally, repetitive strain patterns can develop from daily habits like sleep posture, driving positions, or desk ergonomics. These patterns, if left unchecked, can lead to discomfort and injury.

Consider Jim, a contractor whose repetitive lifting led to elbow pain. By realigning his arm and correcting his posture, we alleviated his strain. This illustrates the importance of understanding the body’s inherent design and how deviations can lead to issues.

Body types also play a crucial role. Tall and lanky individuals may possess great flexibility but can overextend, leading to joint and ligament strain. On the other hand, shorter, stout people may experience compression-related issues, affecting mobility and stability.

Addressing these concerns involves restoring balance. For instance, lanky individuals benefit from muscle activation to prevent overextension, while stout individuals may require techniques to release compression and improve movement fluidity.

Understanding these body patterns isn’t just about addressing pain; it’s about optimizing function and longevity. It’s about recognizing that each body is unique yet fundamentally seeks balance and efficiency.

In my practice, I prioritize solutions over chasing symptoms. It’s about guiding individuals back to their inherent design, where the body naturally thrives. This might involve corrective exercises, ergonomic adjustments, or mindful movement practices.

Ultimately, unlocking the inherent design isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. It requires personalized strategies tailored to each individual’s body type, habits, and goals. By embracing these principles, we empower ourselves to move better, feel better, and live better.

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