Santa Ana, CA (PRWEB) November 22, 2013
Bill Schultz, founder and CEO of AlignMed, recently received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his “outstanding service” helping people achieve better health through good posture.
“I’m honored to be recognized,” says Schultz, an innovator in physiotherapeutic garments that stimulate individual muscles to improve posture. The company’s Align Posture garments, including MyLign, PostureShirt and S3, have built-in bands that mimic muscle contractions while stimulating the sensory pathways within the muscle.
“Simply put, when an individual wears the garment, he or she has no problem maintaining good posture because the muscles are constantly getting neuro feedback,” Schultz says.
“Good posture has numerous benefits, all well-documented. It improves energy, respiration, mobility and even physical attractiveness, while poor posture leads to chronic pain, injury and fatigue.”
A recent study also shows poor posture increases the likelihood an elderly person will require long-term care. Published in April in Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, the study followed 800 participants for more than 4 years, measuring their posture against their activities of daily living. Those with the worst posture were 3½ times more likely to become dependent on help in daily living.
“As we age, good posture is the primary factor in how well we move, how well we feel, and cosmetic treatments,” says renowned orthopedist Craig Morgan, who developed many of the arthroscopic techniques used by surgeons today. “The concept of a comfortable garment as a biofeedback device for good posture practice is ingenious.”
For athletes, maintaining perfect alignment of head, torso and legs can prevent injury and help recovery from injury while also easing pain from past injuries. It also improves athletic performance, as documented in this study presented to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons earlier this year.
Conducted by sports medicine professionals at the University of Southern California Keck Medical Center, the study found that baseball pitchers improved their throwing accuracy by an average 23.5 percent when wearing AlignMed’s PostureShirt. It also found the pitchers had improved circulation, including more blood flow in their throwing arms, and they threw with greater velocity.
A number of professional athletes wear Align Posture garments, including Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning; Houston Rockets Dwight Howard; LA Lakers Paul Gasol; Houston Astros Tommy Shirley; and Colts Ahmad Bradshaw.
“Whether you have an active lifestyle or a sedentary one, maintaining proper posture will make you look and feel better, and probably live longer,” Schultz says.
About Bill Schultz
Bill Schultz is founder and president of AlignMed, a leading research-based innovator focused on the mechanical, neurological and aesthetic functions of posture. Through clinical studies and with the help of an advisory panel of 16 doctors, Schultz has delivered critical information on the benefits of a proper posture to universities, medical clinics, physical therapists, strength coaches, the Air Force Academy and professional athletes. In September, Schultz received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for “outstanding and invaluable service.”