“Posture” is defined as “the position in which you hold your body when moving or resting”.
It is common to hear people say things like “you’re sitting in a bad posture” or “look at you! Stand up straight! You don’t have a good posture at all!”.
Truth is, there is no such thing a “good” or “bad” posture per se.
The “best” posture is actually the one that “changes”: staying in the same position for too long is, in fact, what’s really “bad”.
You may not notice it, but even when you are standing or sitting still, you are actually not still at all! Your body constantly moves and adjust even if you don’t pay attention to it.
Nonetheless, maintaining a “balanced” posture is important because it puts less stress on muscles, joints and ligaments. Plus, it needs less energy to be kept!
So, having a “balance” posture can help you avoid tissue damage and pain, and it will also make you feel less fatigued.
A balanced posture is characterized by the line of gravity passing through the ear, the shoulder, the bodies of the lumbar vertebrae, the hip, the knee, ending in front of the ankle.
The head should not leaning forward and the shoulder should not be rounded.
The pelvis should be kept in a neutral position: not tilted forwards nor backwards.
The spine should maintain its physiological curvatures, which are top to bottom: the cervical lordosis, the thoracic kyphosis and the lumbar lordosis.
Also this posture should feel comfortable to maintain!
Daily habits and activities often drive people away from what is considered a “balanced” posture.
In the long term, a “poor” posture can consequently lead to tissue damage and pain.
There are different kind of “poor” posture, the main of which are:
1. Hyperlordotic (a.k.a. “Insta-Booty”)
2. Flat Back
3. Sway Back
5. Forward Head (a.k.a. “Tech-Neck”)
Stay tuned for the upcoming posts where I explain each of the above postures and how to fix them!
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