Posture Guide

What are the benefits of good posture?

    1. More energy, strength, and endurance because of more efficient upper body muscle function and better organ function.
    2. Better physical performance on the job and everywhere else because of this greater energy and because of less neck, shoulder, and upper back pain and fatigue.
    3. Better concentration and thinking ability because of less pain and fatigue.
    4. Fewer back problems.
    5. Minimal height loss with age, a flatter and stronger stomach, and straighter, head-up posture for a more respect-producing, confident, competent, vigorous appearance. The result is greater respect from other people and more personal power.
    6. Better physical performance athletically and in any physical activity you do due to better upper body biomechanics.
    7. As you age, less loss of your physical abilities and a younger appearance.Postural Alignment

Good Posture…It’s more than just standing up straight. 
Here is a guide to help you determine if you have any unwanted postural changes.

From the front: When standing, your hips, shoulders, and knees should be level—one side should not be higher than the other. 

Check to see if your eyes are level, or do you have a head tilt?.

The body is designed to have the head, rib cage, and pelvis perfectly balanced upon one another, and the spacing between your arms and waist should be the same on each side.

From the Side: When standing your ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle should all line up perfectly.

Forward Head Carriage: If your 5kg head is out in front of you just 25mm it effectively doubles the weight the body must absorb in its joints making your head weight increase to around 10-15kg.

People spend an average of 2-4 hours a day with their heads tilted over reading and texting on their smart phones and devices. Cumulatively this is 700-1400 hours a year of excess stresses seen about the cervical spine. It is possible that a high school student may spend an extra 5,000 hours in poor posture. This posture over time can lead to chronic pain and headaches in patients as young as their late teens.

Abnormal posture has been associated with the development and progression of many spinal conditions and injuries including: increased muscle activity and disc injury, scoliosis, work lifting injuries, sports injuries, back pain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel symptoms, shoulder and ankle injuries as well as many other conditions.