What’s the big deal about posture anyway?
The fact that we all tend to sit for so many hours each day means it’s a big deal!
Unlike the ‘S’ curve we learnt about last week, the C-curve is not good for absorbing and distributing load effectively…
Instead you succumb to gravity and tend to flex further and further forwards!
In a nutshell, a ‘C-curve’ puts you at heaps more risk of neck, shoulder and back pain, headaches, muscle tightness and stiffness.
A person’s mental health and confidence is generally less when they have poor posture. And an increased curvature of your spine in this slumped direction is also linked to chronic disease and even early death!
We’ve all seen older people walking really stooped over and thought to ourselves ‘How did they get like that?’ ‘Didn’t they notice in time to do something about their stooping posture before they were bent double?’
Well, I’m betting those same people were once much younger and full of beans a bravado and thinking that overly stooped posture happens to others, ‘old people’ and not them!
Because sitting is such an inactive thing to do, your muscles aren’t stimulated to switch on much at all… so after just a wee while your ligaments and joints are left exposed to the effect of gravity…
The weight of your head, as it tends to come forwards, puts strain on your neck, shoulders and upper back.
The weight of your trunk, as it tends to bend forwards, puts extra load on your low back and pelvis.
Having your ‘tail’ tucked under increases strain on your Low back, increases tension in your hip and leg muscles… and so on…
I bang on about this a lot to my clients, but if we don’t make a conscious, concerted effort to position ourselves well, we all tend to succumb to this force of gravity and end up with muscle aches and pains, and that’s just the start of the list of side-effects.
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To see how a slumped posture changes you, try this little check on yourself…
Slouch in your c-curve and see how far you can turn your neck from side to side.
How far can you turn?
Does it feel stiff or even hurt?
Now position yourself sitting with your bottom back in the chair, in a nice ‘S’ curve
Try turning your head from side to side again.
Can you turn further? Does it feel less stiff or hurt less?
When your spine is positioned well, all your joints align nicely to allow the most fluid movement you have, you absorb impact best and use the best muscles to take load off your joints… that means less pain and better flexibility!
Now you know how to reposition your posture really well into an ‘S’ curve, it’s time to take this week’s challenge!
See how often during the day you can ‘catch yourself’ sitting in more of a ‘C curve’ and reposition yourself– into your ‘healthy spine posture’