Perfect Posture

What’s the perfect posture?

We get a lot of people asking about what’s the perfect posture. From your grandpa lecturing you at family dinners to your sports coach telling you to keep your back and head flush with each other, odds are that you’ve heard the term posture thrown around more than once or twice in your life.

Definition

The definition of “Posture” is decidedly complex. It’s the position that’s reflected by your body’s physical, functional, and habitual patterns. Simply put, it’s the position your body is momentarily in while you’re standing, sitting, running, or laying down.

Perfect PostureSometimes, however, these positions can be much longer than “momentary”.

Modern Society

Current thinking is that, as a society, we’re staying in one position for too long. Again, typically because people are working at desks, there’s a lot of commotion about finding the “perfect posture”.

You can find advice in the news, on the internet, and even in books about achieving this ideal posture. Truthfully though, these reports couldn’t be more wrong; there isn’t a universally perfect posture!

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At the anatomic level, we’re all different. Trying to remedy problems caused by poor posture through a single, universal fix isn’t the way to go.

Main Anatomical Differences of the Human Body

 As we emphasised in the section above, everyone is anatomically different. When we say this, we’re referring to the basic structural makeup of the integral parts of the human body, from bones to muscles.

Some of the main, most important anatomical differences in humans are differing neck lengths, supplemental vertebrae at the top or bottom of the spinal cord, different thigh lengths, and different joint positions (just to name a few).

Are you starting to see why it might be difficult to use one recommended posture to treat bone or muscle issues in a variety of individuals? It would be like hammering a nail into a hole that’s designed to accommodate a screw, and hoping that it stays in place. If everyone’s made differently, can we expect them to move, stand, or sit the same?

Treatment May Be Simpler Than You’d Think

Rather than looking to the “One posture to save them all” cure for postural, muscular, or skeletal issues, you might want to consider altering your posture in a way that deviates from the posture you commonly sit, stand, or work out in.

Keeping one position for long periods of time is the real killer here. While this certainly depends on one’s job, lifestyle, and day-to-day movement, breaking your body’s postural habits can ultimately better your overall posture. So, how does this work?

Simply put, take a break!

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If you’re in an industry that requires a lot of standing in one position, throughout most of the day, have a seat. You’ll do your muscles and your spine a huge favour. This also goes for jobs that require a lot of sitting, such as desk jobs – get up and stand for several minutes. Consider a standing desk, as well.

If you find you’re stuck at your desk, whether sitting or standing and find yourself too engrossed in work to walk away. Drink lots of water. That means you’ll have to move after a while, to go to the bathroom and to fill up the water bottle. It’ll give you the added benefit of staying well hydrated!

Movement and change in static or standstill posture is a must. Also consider elements such as proper nutrition and proper hydration, two things that humans don’t get enough of in today’s work climate.

Forget trying to find the perfect posture if you’re experiencing pain associated with posture; step back and analyse the positions you sit, stand, walk, or run daily. Add some different postures to cut the time that you spend in one position. Get creative!

If you have a question or concern or have a truly unique set of circumstances, don’t hesitate to contact us! After all, everyone’s different.

 

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Questions?

Trying out different exercises is key to improving and maintaining the body’s flexibility, which in turn can help with recruiting muscles efficiently.

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Remember – Listen to Your Body!

Please remember to listen to your body. Get any aches and pains checked out sooner rather than later.

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