Body Talk — August 2018

Structural Health begins with posture! 

One critical area ignored by most people on their quest for health and fitness is their posture. A staggering 90% of the world’s population is affected by poor posture.

Bad posture is mostly induced by sitting too much for example, hunched over laptops, phones or computers for long periods of time. The human body is simply not designed to sit on a chair. 

Good posture can be determined by a posture plumb line, an imaginary straight line from the top of the head to the floor. A perfect posture means our ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles stack up along this line. The body must adjust around the plum line so that the left and the right side of your body are balanced. Age, height and weight also contribute to differences in posture that don’t negatively affect our health. However, we need to watch for significant deviations from the plumb line such as:

Cervical lordosis (forward head posture)

Thoracic kyphosis (hunchback)

Lumber lordosis (exaggerated curve in the low back)

Flat back (this happens when the low back has too little curvature)

Since every part of our body, from the ankle joint to the spine, is balanced one upon the other, any deviations like the above examples can cause a muscular imbalance leading some muscles to become stronger than the others, and eventually it will affect how our body functions. 

Here are five benefits to good posture:

1. Breathing becomes easier and deeper (correct breathing helps improve posture)

2. Improves circulation and digestion

3. Portrays a more confident image

4. Help’s your bones, muscles and joints

5. Change your frame of mind.

A good tip to improve posture.

Method (at least 5 to 30 minutes a day): 

Stand up straight, visualize being tall and straight like a tree, do not arch your back, don’t lean forward or back. Keep your eyes forward, chin up (parallel to the ground), shoulders back and relaxed (shrug once and let your shoulders fall and relax), pull your stomach in while still taking deep full breaths, tuck in your behind and rotate your hip forward slightly (this will engage your core and keep you from arching your back).

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