You may see a Penguin. I see good posture. Shoulders are down and back, chest is out. Head is not leaning forward but inline with the body. Weight is distributed equally on both feet.
There are two forward curves related to the neck and lower back as well as two backward curves related to the upper back and pelvis. It is these curves of the spine that give resilience and ability for the body to absorb impact. If a curve is flat, ligaments and muscles make up for the extra load which adds strain and causes pain. If the curves are more pronounced than normal the body has a more difficult time distributing weight and forces effectively causing added strain and pain. In either case, movement becomes less efficient which drains your energy.
First, looking at posture from the side you should be able to hang a string in line with the back edge of your ear, the tip of your shoulder, the trochanter at the hip (the bony hard part you can feel at the side of your hip) , and just in front of the ankle bone.
Second, looking at posture from the back you should see that the head is not rotated (see more of the face on one side) or tilted, that your shoulders are level and not rotated, that the hips are level and not rotated, and that your feet are just slightly pointed outward.
Many of us have a variety of bad postural habits that get in the way of good posture. Examples include heels with a height greater than two inches, carrying a heavy bag or purse over one shoulder, cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear, falling asleep on the couch in funny positions, and not sitting all the way back in a chair for proper support.
Current thinking suggests that an integrated approach is the best way to tackle uncomplicated back pain. A combination of specific exercise and manual therapy, together with eliminating the triggers of your pain are often successful in getting people pointed in the right direction towards a healthy back. A significant trigger, for example, is postural difficulties related to work and daily activities of living.
Many patients that I see sit much of the day or are on their feet most of the day or night. It is these static prolonged postures that cause most musculoskeletal pain.
Dr. Ormond is a chiropractor dedicated to providing clients with natural, gentle, evidence based health care in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Services include: chiropractic treatment; soft tissue therapy; medical acupuncture; custom orthotic inserts and shoes; and rehabilitation. Posture advice to support the spine and relieve stress is a key element in patient care success.
Pointing clients in the right direction towards a healthy, pain free, and productive lifestyle is important to Dr. Mitch Ormond. Treating most conditions is the easy part, its following through with the decision to get a problem taken care of that is the hard part.
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