The Power of Posture

According to Grey Cook of Functional Movement Solutions at the 2007 National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Mid Atlantic Regional Clinic, “research has shown that people with the least amount of back pain have the weakest low back muscles and people with the most back pain have the strongest low back muscles.” With most muscle groups, we gain strength by flexion and extension through weight bearing movements (e.g. the biceps with dumbbell curls). The low back muscles cannot be trained this way due to the incredible amount of stress this puts on the lumbar vertebrate (lower spine). In our postural movements we perform ranges of motion while keeping the shoulder blades squeezed back and performing the movement with an over-exaggerated posture. This teaches and trains the low back to transfer the energy and stress to other parts of the body such as the glutes, hamstrings, and upper back muscles. Proper posture and/or body alignment takes energy away from the movement, as the body was designed to have most stress placed in the muscles and away from the joints (Cook, 2003). This relieves the lumbar vertebrate from stress and therefore promotes less of a risk for back pain. Continue reading “The Power of Posture”

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Haiti Earthquake Hits Close to Home

Pierre Dolet And Village Green Staff Encourage Everyone To Help

Pierre Richard Dolet is a native of Haiti and a cherished employee here at Village Green. He has lost friends in the earthquake. His family members lost their home and must sleep in the streets.

Pierre’s hometown is Petion-ville, Haiti, not far from Port-au-Prince. Buildings there have collapsed and unknown numbers of people have been killed or injured.

Although Petion-ville is close to Port-au-Prince, the roads are poor and the town sits on a mountain. Delivering desperately needed medical aid, and even basic necessities like water, is an immediate concern.

Pierre’s family and friends, and millions of other survivors in Haiti are in dire need of assistance.

Here’s How You Can Help.

The most effective way you can help is to make a donation to a top-rated organization that is involved in providing emergency support. We recommend:

Doctors Without Borders
Because Doctors Without Borders already had teams working on medical projects in Haiti at the time of the earthquake, they have treated hundreds of injured people and are working to get more staff into the country. Doctors are setting up medical facilities in tents, since their own buildings have been severely damaged.

Partners in Health
This aid organization “is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone,” and is working to coordinate 120 doctors and 500 nurses on the ground in Haiti, evaluating how best to respond to the crisis. PIH’s flagship project is based in Haiti, and it’s where the organization’s broadest range of resources is located.

Oxfam International
Oxfam has dispatched a team of specialists to Haiti and is working to send badly needed medical supplies. Their humanitarian coordinator in Port-au-Prince said, “Our immediate priorities will be providing safe water and shelter material for the people who have lost their homes. Many people have lost their homes and were sleeping out in the open last night.”

International Rescue Committee
The IRC will be working with overwhelmed local aid groups in Haiti to provide life-saving medical care, clean water and sanitation to earthquake survivors. IRC specialists are veteran first-responders who set up immediate and effective emergency programs around the world during violent conflicts and natural disasters.

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