I was just reading something on good posture and it was mentioned that people used to think (still think) that good posture helps the body function more normally; if you stand stoop-shouldered, sit hunched up, it creates pressure on your internal organs and leaves them less room to work.
I think a lot of people with IBS would have bad posture since cramping and gas pains often make one constrict and then there's the issue of having constant bowel problems creating a loss of self-esteem and that tends to make people stand in a weak manner. Even when we feel fine, bad posture becomes a habit.
So, anyone game for trying good posture to see if that helps the guts any? Won't hurt anything, even if it does help. Me, I'm trying to get some self-esteem going. I've gained more weight than I want to have and I'm trying to lose it without dieting because that just makes my guts even worse and it doesn't work in the long run and having dieted once, I am now bigger than I have ever been before and my fat has come back above the waistline, which is not good for the health (before it was all on the hips). Soooo, I'm exercising more and I'm trying to get back my self-confidence. The kicker is I felt pretty good about myself before I went on a diet (I just thought I'd feel even better if I "looked better"), but the more weight I lost, the more unhappy I was with myself. So added to not being happy with myself being thinner is I'm now unhappy with myself even larger than before, so I'm trying to break that. I've been checking out the French method for eating well without gaining weight and looking good at any weight and I'm trying to overcome both my historically bad posture and my tomboy, I-hate-girly-and-goofy-woman-things roots.
Besides, I think being well-dressed can be quite beneficial in making people self-confident. So what if you have to go to the bathroom three times during a meal out? You're confident, well dressed, with good posture, who would dare question your trips? This ties in with my theory that rich people act a certain way and get a certain level of service in return; if you act like you're rich, then people will treat you better and that can lessen the impact of bowel problems. If it's of no concern to you, it won't be to anyone else either. Anyone want to be my partner in building self-confidence, practicing good posture and getting a bit more chic? I'd really like to go to a charm school, but it doesn't seem they have those around anymore. I'm dredfully shy around strangers and in public and have a bit of a social phobia disorder--which, of course, the gall bladder/IBS problems hasn't made any better.