With the increase in technological devices of late, posture has been a recurring theme in physical health news more and more. You may have even heard the term “text neck”. If you’ve ever been to a physical therapist or a chiropractor you may have even heard more sophisticated terms like “Upper Cross Syndrome” and “Lower Cross Syndrome.” If you’ve been to Pilates, yoga or barre classes you’ve also probably heard about pelvic tilts and “tucking.”
We know that a good posture is healthy for us. But, you may be asking yourself – what exactly is good posture, and how can I maintain it?
Good posture looks like this.
Your ears should be in the middle of your shoulders – and your shoulders directly over your hips – and all of that in-line directly over your ankles. Be sure and keep your shoulders down and back, too – not rounded forward. When you’re in a good posture position, you should notice:
- Your spine should make a gentle ‘S’ curve.
- Your pelvis should be level and your weight should be evenly distributed through your feet.
- You experience no pinching in your lower back.
- You feel no discomfort or excess weight in your heels or the balls of your feet.
The affects of not maintaining correct posture can be significant. Bad posture can lead to pain, injury and even degeneration of the spine. So, take heed and be mindful of your posture in during everyday activities – including how you are holding your head and neck while texting.
Stay tuned for more in our series on posture – the positive, and negative, affects it can have on your health.