The health and fitness industry has spent years drumming home the importance of a ‘perfect’ posture and how this is to blame for many musculoskeletal dysfunctions. BUT when every single body is unique, can there really be such a thing as a ‘perfect’ posture?
What we are actually seeking is neutral alignment. Reducing any excessive postural deviations e.g. forward head position (aka text neck), hyperlordosis (arched lower back) etc.
Posture is the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting.
When it comes to musculoskeletal dysfunction, it isn’t necessarily the posture itself that is to blame, it is the lack of variety and movement.
For example – If I were to ask you to sit and hold out your arm for 8 hours, you would probably say that’s not possible… but this is essentially what you do sat at a desk all day holding your computer mouse…
So how do we fix this?
Simply being aware of your body, your positioning and consciously adjusting as often as possible can make a big difference. The more often you do this consciously, the more likely you will start to do this as an unconscious habit.
2 – Address Mobility/Flexibility
Reduced mobility and flexibility can affect the positions that you are able to get into. Even if you are aware of your posture, if you are physically unable to get into good positions or move through efficient movement patterns, you are still at risk of developing musculoskeletal dysfunction/injuries over time.
3- Address Strength and Stability
This is really the missing link for most people dealing with musculoskeletal dysfunction and injuries. When fixing postural deviations, mobility/flexibility is important to address but strength and stability is often overlooked.
Sometimes the body presents itself as ‘tight’ when it is really seeking strength/stability..