“Stand up straight!”
Surely, you can all recall your mum yelling this phrase at you daily. Well, turns out Mum didn’t just say this because she liked the way it sounded, but because she was looking out for you and your posture.
“Straight” may not be the answer, but “good” posture is most definitely something that we all need, and should strive for.
So What is Good Posture?
Well text book good posture, in standing, is when the line of gravity falls
- in front of the ankle bones
- in front of the knee joint
- just behind the hip joint
- through each vertebrae in the lower back
- through the shoulder joint
- through most of the vertebrae in the neck
- and through the center of the ear
But, no one is text book perfect, so “Good” Posture is simply as close as we can get to the above.
Why? Because in this position there is the least amount of stress or pressure through our ligaments, joints and muscles. Therefore, any posture that varies from the above “Good” Posture will increase stress on these structures and may contribute to pain/injury.
Fellow people watchers out there have surely noticed though, that it is quite rare to see someone with the perfect posture walking around. We all look a little more like one of these postures below;
These postures are common due to habitual changes, muscular imbalances, pain and/or changes in joint/boney structures. And each of these postures can place increased stress or strain on different areas of our bodies, which can go on to create aches and pains and even injuries.
As a result, it is always important to make sure we are doing all we can to help improve and maintain our posture each day. Whether it be taking frequent breaks from prolonged postures OR taking active measures to stretch and strengthen your muscles,
It is also important to remind yourself of that inner mum voice, that told you to.. “Stand up Straight, You don’t want to look like your Aunt Joan do you?”
Steph & The Pilates HQ Team
Don’t Forget that we are all a little bit different and so we may all stand a little differently or even Walk a little differently.
I think Peter Combe said it best when he said….. No one walk’s the same cos...