There is a lot of information out there about posture, right now.
You could say that it is a “buzzword” in the health, wellness, and fitness industries but what does it mean and why is it so important?
Posture is your bodies tendency to stand, sit, or lay in a certain way.
Our postures are a result of our habits i.e. what we do repeatedly.
It's important to understand this because our postural habits determine how we do almost everything.
Of course, that can change over time as our habits change, whether we do that consciously or unconsciously.
For example, if you or someone you know is pregnant, their posture changes because their body changed. That’s why it is not uncommon to experience lower back, knee and neck pain during pregnancy despite never having those issues your entire life.
The changes in your body, in this case, have changed the way you stand so that you don’t fall forward but that can cause too much strain in your lower back and neck.
What’s important to understand is that having the baby does not change the fact that the habit you have built over 9 or so months is still well engrained.
So how do you change that?
This is a good time to distinguish between your posture and your anatomy.
Anatomy: What you have (cannot change too much)
Posture: What you do with what you have (changes with habits).
It’s common that I see people who are trying to change their anatomy rather than their posture and it is important to understand which it is you are trying to change because one can lead to an injury and one can prevent an injury.
If you naturally have more of an arch in your back and it has always been that way, that is your anatomy. Trying to make it “flat” would lead to an injury.
That is different than having the tendency to lean to your right leg when you stand, which is posture i.e. habit, which you can change.
If much of this seems confusing that is because it is! That said, it is important to be aware of the difference in posture vs. anatomy so that you are not trying to “fit a square peg in a round hole” when your hip anatomy will not allow you to do the splits but you think that habitual stretching will magically turn you from the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz to Gabby Douglas at the Olympics.
While we are on the subject of posture and anatomy, it may be time for you to get a Performance Checkup!
This is FREE for our clients but for a limited time, we will be opening up TWO slots per week for non-clients.
Not only will we assess your posture but also your movements and mobility. We want to make sure that you are catching any underlying issues that can potentially lead to an injury before it becomes an injury.
We have limited slots each week, so please schedule them in advance by texting CHECKUP2019 to 44222 (You can also give us a call :-)).
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