What is important about our posture, how we stands, walk, sit and even lay down?
Correct posture ensures optimal alignment of the skeletal frame, it offers stabilisation, balance and co-ordination of movement. It allows your joints to move and stretch preventing referred alignment de-functionality and joint related pain.
Poor posture could seriously compromise your ability move freely, if not now, most certainly in the future.
Optimum posture will vary from one person to the next; we are all different and there are many factors to take into consideration. When looking at your posture you are considering the alignment and positioning of the skeletal segments. The positioning of your feet, knees, pelvis, spinal-column, ribs, shoulders, arms, neck and head. How these segments are positioned standing, sitting and laying down.
To improve your posture you will need to be aware of factors which may affect your posture.
- This could be your lifestyle, what you do at work or home. Are you standing or sitting for many hours? Is the same movement repeated? Are your lifting or moving large/heavy objects or perhaps picking up and carrying children?
- You may be a keen sports person or enjoy a hobby which requires repetitive movement.
- The choice of shoes your wear will impact your standing and walking posture.
- You may have genetic, hereditary posture related issues to consider.
- Your health, medical conditions or injuries will affect your posture.
- Age related bone composition will affect your posture.
All of these factors have an impact on your posture when moving and resting. Although some cannot be avoided, we can take steps to address and improve our posture fairly quickly in the short term and with ongoing practice, the long term prognosis can be dramatically improved.
What can you do to help yourself?
If you are suffering from posture related issues and feel pain, you need to speak with a qualified physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor or medical professional. They will be able to diagnose the issue and recommend a course of treatment and exercises. At the end of any treatment you receive, your therapist may recommend Yoga or Pilates as an ongoing practice to assist and improve your posture.
Joseph Pilates wrote “Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit”.
It is worth emphasizing that every Pilates exercise has been designed as part of a complete ‘system’ to move, glide and stretch the body. When you are taught Pilates each exercise has sound underpinning intentions which are true to the Pilates ‘system’.
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