Posture

What is good Posture?

Good posture is symmetrical left to right, with the body’s joints stacked on top of each other allowing for minimal muscular effort.  Good muscular tone at the center of the body allows the joints of the arms and legs to work correct

The Importance of Good Posture

Maintaining good posture throughout your day is one of the best ways to keep your joints healthy and functioning well.  With good posture you can help prevent low back, neck, shoulder and hip pain.

-Faulty alignment results in undue stress and strain on bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles

-Repeating imperfect postures can cause muscle and soft tissue shortening or lengthening possibly causing pain, weakness, or changes in movement patterns

Sitting/Desk Set Up

Most of us spend a lot of our day sitting and as we sit for prolonged periods our posture often suffers.  The best ways to counteract these forces are to start in the best position possible and change positions frequently.  Poor sitting posture reinforced over prolonged periods of time can lead to pain or postural changes such as a forward head, rounded upper back and shoulders, and hip stiffness

For good sitting posture at your desk:

-Keep feet flat on the floor

-Knees and hips at 90 degrees

-Back against back rest of chair, thighs fully supported on the seat

-Shoulders stacked above hips

-Armrest ½ inch above hanging height of elbows

-Keyboard at elbow height

-Computer screen at eye level and directly in front of you

-Get up and move as often as you can and least once an hour!

Standing

When standing, the best posture is achieved by keeping an equal amount of weight on each foot.

This allows the body to distribute forces evenly.  There should be a balance of muscles working on the front and the back of the body from side to side. Your body should be lined up so that your ear is lined up over the center of your shoulder, your shoulders are centered over the hips, your knees are straight, but not locked, and your weight is over the center of your feet.

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