The Posture Theory in Wikipedia
(A review provided by Paula Price, and then deleted by extremely biased, and prejudiced editors in 2007)
It is now available as an ebook here.
The review was provided by Paula Price under the Wikipedia ID of PaulaIsright who has recently, on 14-4-14, requested that I give her credit for the article, so I am more than happy to do so. In my opinion Paula's writing style is excellent and the review is accurate. Max Banfield.
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The Posture Theory
The cause remained a mystery because
Why? Because other factors contribute, such as a stooped spine, sedentary work (which involves leaning toward a desk), and tight corsets or belts which reduce the chest and the abdominal space.
According to Banfield, slouching pushes the stomach into a vertical rather than horizontal position. Reformed this way, the stomach functions less efficiently, and can result in impaired digestion.
Palpitations can be felt when the chest in pushed back against the heart so the beating is more readily felt on the chest wall.
Banfield goes on to say people with sideways curvature of the spine, have one shoulder lower than the other. When such a person leans toward a desk, as to write, for instance, the spine twists, and the lower tip of their breastbone stabs the stomach, producing pain, weakness, and tenderness.
Another example is low quality vocal sounds that are produced when the a stooped head compresses the throat. For this, postural improvement methods, such as “The Alexander Technique,” have been used by both singers and radio announcers to straighten and strengthen the vocal cords for clear vocal quality.
Pressure on the lungs makes it difficult to take a full breath so the person will tend to take several quick deep breaths every few minutes.
The effect of leaning toward a desk is subtle, but patients find it difficult to sit still and constantly move about in their chairs or get up often to walk about. They seem to be generally restless and ultimately develop insomnia.
Symptoms are more common during pregnancy when the enlarging womb presses against the heart and lungs, and when the increasing weight of the baby puts pressure on the abdominal veins. Women have reported relief when laying down and rolling from side to side.
SHAKESPEARE SAW THE CONNECTION
In his play RICHARD III, Shakespeare seems to have seen the connection between pressure and symptoms when he wrote: "Oh, cut laces in sunder, that my pent heart may have some scope to beat, or else I swoon."
Translated into modern English and Posture Theory context would be: " Oh, cut the laces of my corset to relieve the pressure on my heart which is confined to such a small chest, so that it can have room to beat, and allow the blood to flow from my feet to my brain, or else I will faint."
Indeed, the symptoms were more commonly reported by corseted city girls than loosely- clothed country girls.
The corset compressed the waist and was responsible for countless illnesses and the fainting spells that were so common in the nineteenth century. Women typically relieved the faint by unlacing their corsets, which reduced the pressure on their waists, and by laying down on chaise lounges to allow the free flow of blood between their feet and their brains.
However, women did not believe the connection because they could not see the distorting affect the corsets had on their internal organs.
Only an anatomist could see the horrendous effects the corset had on deforming the insides of a woman.
Anatomists often cut open a woman after she died and saw the compressed and twisted stomach, liver and womb. Statistics showed that women who wore the tightest corsets had the shortest life expectancy.
Fortunately, the corset era came to an end during World War I. The men went to war while the women went to work in munitions factories. There, they could not get enough air into their lungs to do the heavy manual work until they discarded their corsets in favor of loose factory clothing.
The impetus of the theory was Banfield's own healing of his Da Costa's syndrome.
Between 1991 and 2000, he expanded the theory into a 1000-page book with more than 100 references and 300 illustrations. Now in its 11th edition, the book is carried in public, school, and university libraries worldwide.