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How long until I see results with standard posture therapy?

Every individual has their own problems that developed in their own ways and in their own time, but I can provide some general guidelines.

 

When I first started my practice of posture therapy, I managed to stand up out of my wheelchair, unassisted and for a few seconds, after two months of committed daily practice. This was my first significant breakthrough.

 

I find this "two-month rule of thumb" to achieving an initial breakthrough holds true for the majority of my clients who consistently apply posture therapy as part of their routine.

 

But this isn't true for everyone. Some people achieve significant results after only a few days, and a smaller portion of people after 3-6 months or longer. 

 

This is of course not to say that all their problems are fixed after that initial breakthrough. 

 

There is unfortunately no way to accurately predict how much pain relief any given individual will eventually achieve, nor how long it will take for any given individual to achieve those results.

 

The keys to achieving maximum success are consistency and time. What do I mean by consistency? Keep reading to find out . . .

There is no one-size-fits-all answer . . .

What qualifies as being "consistent"?

I'm not saying that if you take a few days off, or even a week or more, that it's impossible to make progress, it's just that your progress will be slower on average.

 

Your posture is a result of your balance with your environment: how your body physically interacts with that environment, and the body schema, or internal model, that your brain has developed about how your body moves.

 

Without posture therapy, you have essentially no control over your resting posture.

 

With each posture therapy session you complete, you regain just a little bit of influence over that interaction with your environment, and just a little bit of a change to your brain's body schema.

 

Over time, these little changes add up to a BIG change, but only so long as you keep making the little changes.

 

Every time you go too long without making these little changes you lose a bit of influence, and must make up lost ground.

 

When I encounter a client who is being consistent yet still not seeing results after several months, it is necessary to begin looking at other ways their brain's body schema might be contributing to the problem.

Do the work at least 5 days a week, and don't miss two days in a row . . . On average that is!

What is the body schema?

With the rise in things like eating disorders, body image has become a buzzword that refers to psychological and behavioral reactions to what we see when we look in the mirror.  While looking in the mirror and seeing bad posture can potentially affect body image, these are fundamentally different concepts.

 

While a large part of posture is physical, I also mentioned in the previous answer that part of the problem is also a result of your body schema, which can be thought of as your brain's internal model of your body.

 

This includes how your body is positioned in 3-dimensional space at any given time, which is necessary information for your brain to be able to plan and coordinate complex movements. Don't kid yourself, EVERY movement is complex! 

 

Basically, your brain has to know how your body is currently positioned in order to know how it should move your body.

 

But it also has to know which movements are safe and which ones aren't.

 

Thus, any limitations to range of motion are an inherent part of this model. The tricky part is that, initially. a range of motion limitation may start out as a physical limit due to injury, but what if that limitation gets incorporated as part of your brain's model for how that injured joint should move even after the injury has healed?

 

This could be as a result of psychological trauma related to that injury, or because of motion avoidance over a prolonged period of time because of acute pain, or an insufficient rehabilitation after the onset on injury.

 

It could even be a complex combination of all these things. I would argue that posture is the physical manifestation of body schema.

 

Injury isn't even a requirement for acquiring bad posture and an alteration of your body schema. Simple environmental factors such as prolonged sitting for work, repetitive tasks over the course of years, and other activities like hyper-dedication to a given sport can lead to poor posture as well. Take a close look at any professional soccer team and you'll find that nearly every player has the same overall posture.

 

This also means that your brain has an internal model for the overall construction of your body as well, because that is necessary prerequisite for maintaining a cohesive model. 

 

For most people, when you were young this model was of a body in good posture. After years of acquiring dysfunctional movement patterns for whatever reason, your model has been altered and the result is your posture.

 

I would also argue that posture therapy is the best known modality for consciously altering most aspects of body schema when all limbs are present and accounted for.

 

Where posture therapy alone can fall short are cases of altered body schemas which tie in heavily with psychological trauma.

 

I believe this is where psychedelics may play an important role in pain relief via posture improvement. I also believe that even when psychological trauma is not present, psychedelics can drastically speed up the process.

 

Why is that? Keep reading to find out . . .

Let's distinguish between body image and body schema . . .

Why might psychedelics help with posture correction?

Do I covered this topic in depth in the second episode of my podcast, use the embedded widget to listen! Here's brief rundown.

Basically, psychedelics blow your brain's models of reality out of the water in many ways.

 

Sensory disturbances experienced as fractal images or other sensual hallucinations represent a breakdown of the sensory models of reality, but they are only part of the equation.

 

The ego is just another name for the model the brain keeps of self-identity, and the common experience of ego dissolution represents a breakdown of that model.

 

Many people report the experience of feeling stretched out, or feeling really small, or other examples that seem to be cases of the body schema being altered. 

 

And since we are trying to alter the body schema with posture therapy, it only makes sense that psychedelic experiences combined with posture therapy may help speed up the process of consciously guided body schema alterations.

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