Great postural alignment makes you appear taller, leaner and more confident……and who doesn’t want that! It turns out that good posture is absolutely important for most functions in the body, and basically, the better your posture, the better everything will work. Good alignment allows you to move with ease, decrease aches and pains, conserve energy and prevent injuries. It also allows optimal flow of nerve signals to all parts of your body including muscles and organs.
I usually describe this as like electrical signaling going to a light. If you turn the dimmer switch down you get a dull light. If your postural alignment is poor, increased pressure on the intervertebral foramen (space where nerves exit the spine) turns down the signal going to the muscles and organs, causing them to be “weak” or dull.
The optimal position for our spine is in NEUTRAL ALIGNMENT. We naturally have 3 curves in our spine; the cervical, thoracic and lumbar. The cervical curve goes in towards the front of the neck, the thoracic goes out toward the back of your body and the lumbar curve in towards your belly.
Take notice of how your spine is positioned right now! Is it in neutral alignment? Becoming aware of how you hold and move your body as you go about your daily tasks is a great start to correcting posture. Being able to maintain your spine in the neutral alignment is very dependant on your core strength. Having good core strength makes it easier to hold your spine in neutral alignment rather than sit or stand in slumped postures.
My favorite tip to help you get your spine into a good position is to imagine you have a piece of string attached to the top of head which you can pull up. This draws your spine up, tucks your chin in (so you are no longer a “chin poker”), draws your shoulder blades down and begins to activate your core. Try it out and let me know how you go. Get taller, get leaner and get more confident.
Yours in health