Understanding posture

Posture is all about the position of your body where you hold yourself up right against gravity. This can be whilst sitting, lying or standing.

 Good Posture

Good posture is noticed best when you have the ability to train your body to sit, stand, walk and lie in certain positions where the least amount of strain is sited. For example these sites could be ligaments or muscles during weight- bearing activities or routine movement. To maintain good posture you will need to be aware of the following values:

  • Keep bones and joints in the correct postural alignment (This will support the muscles).
  • Decrease the amount of infrequent wearing of joint surfaces (A lot of this could result in arthritis)
  • Decrease the amount of stress on the spine.
  • Prevent the spine from becoming locked into irregular positions.
  • It allows less strain and overuse of muscles preventing signals such as backache and any other series of muscular pain located in the body.

These key indications subsidise towards a good presence.

Poor Posture

Poor posture results from certain muscles tightening and shortening while others lengthen and become weak. There are a number of factors which can impact posture. These are known as:

  • Occupational activities and biomechanical factors (repetition and force).
  • Psychosocial factors also dramatically put elements on an individual’s posture through strain coming from ones job stress.
  • Occupational workers who suffer with high job stress are most likely to develop shoulder and neck symptoms.

The most common question asked after treatment is"What is the best position for sleeping and lying down?"

My Answer:

Sleep in a position which allows you to maintain the natural curve in your back (Avoid tucking your knees into your chest area and avoid sleeping on your stomach. This will cause back strain and irritation to the neck).

Is it your back giving you the problem?

Try using a back support also known as a lumbar support. This will make your night’s sleep a lot more comfortable. Finally when alternating from lying to standing position remember to always turn on to your side. Draw both knees and swing your legs on the side of the bed. Eventually push yourself up with both hands and avoid bending forward at the waist.

One to remember!  No matter what position you lie in the pillow should be under your head, not your shoulders.

Finally to finish off here are some creative ways to help correct your posture.

1.    Think String

Imagine a piece of string coming from the top of your head and it is pulling you gently towards the ceiling.

2.    Use tape and create a giant (X) on your back

Place the tape one shoulder to the opposite hip on both sides of the back (this will help retrain your back)

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3.    Avoid slouching when walking

Walk as though you are balancing a book on your head

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4.    Give your calves some attention!

Let your posture and balance rely more on your calves. This will support your upper body and allow it to relax resulting in more of an up-right posture (It works you’re ab muscles too!)

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By Danielle Norton

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