Posture - part 1
Posture is the position the body is held in when standing, sitting or lying.
It is important because it affects our balance and movement.
Good posture is healthy because our muscles, bones, joints and
internal organs operate best when we observe it.
With good posture, your head should be held directly above the
pelvis, with your chin in and shoulders back.
When viewed from the side, your spine has curves in it that best support your body weight when your hips and shoulders are vertically aligned with one another. This is what defines a straight back.
Your normal standing posture should be with your feet about a
shoulder's width apart with a straight spine and your head held high.
When you are sitting or standing your body works, feels and looks best
when your spine is perpendicular to the ground.
A straight posture requires equal muscle tone between the right and left
sides of your body. Therefore, you should endeavour to have even
muscular strength either side of your spine and pelvis.
Your spine is strongest when held this way and is less subject to wear and tear.
If you have bad posture (and we all fail in this department at times), it might feel "normal” because you get used to it. Like all other bad habits, bad posture can be a difficult habit to break.
Think about a Bonsai plant and how a wire can be wrapped around it so it will grow into a particular shape. Your postural decisions are like an invisible wire that determines the shape of your spine and other bones.