Posture: Movement Prep

Our bodies are designed to absorb stress from movement and gravity in a way that would not put too much stress on one given part of it. This keeps the body moving optimally and pain/injury free.

An example would be the strain on your neck muscles from looking down on your phone for an extended period of time. The image below shows how much extra weight is carried because of it. Please note that this is not just from looking at your phone but any activity that requires you to look down in a similar manner. It could even happen as a result of the way you sleep!

Muscles that are weak or tight pull everything (such as bones and joints) out of alignment. You’ll see this in the form of bad posture or incorrect movement patterns. This could happen from an injury, pain, not exercising your muscles equally, or just performing tasks with bad posture (as shown above). You may not even realize your posture has shifted unless it is brought to your attention. So the new “bad” posture will become your new normal posture and you will not feel the difference.

Corrective Exercise for Posture begins with an Alignment Assessment to identify improper movement compensations and learn which muscles are causing problems or have the potential to cause pain or injury if not addressed. This information is then used to make a Corrective Exercise Program that’ll get the body moving the way it was designed to.

So..
How do you stand?