Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies. We have “static” and “dynamic” postures:
Static posture: How you hold yourself when you are not moving. For example, sitting, standing, laying down or sleeping.
Dynamic posture: How you hold yourself when you are moving. For example, walking, running, lifting, bending and carrying.
Life is made up of a constant flow of static and dynamic postures, as are many exercises and activities we do. Yoga is made up of many static postures (with some focus on dynamic posture to move in and out of them), where as Pilates uses more continuous, dynamic movements.
What is good Posture?
Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the coordinated effort of various muscle groups to counteract gravity and other forces.
Image from Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain, 5th edition. Kendall, McCreary et al (2005).
How to achieve good posture?
- Understand it
- Feel it
- Train your body to make it an automatic habit
- Improve your endurance in it
Improve your Move with better Posture
Often times, poor posture is an indication of a loss of movement variability and requires some further assessment on where to start. As physiotherapists, we become adept at identifying dysfunctions throughout the body, both in standing, and especially during movement to determine which symptoms and dysfunctions are compensatory and which are the true cause.
If you’d like a personalized assessment and advice on how you can start optimising your posture, reach out to our friendly team. Our 1:1 assessments involve taking a detailed history of your past injuries, hobbies, any current symptoms (which goes beyond pain – feeling week, “crooked” or in some other way “not right” are typical experiences our clients visit us to sort out). We consider your specific goals to create a treatment pathway for you.
This short practice can help you to find and train your ideal alignment.