What is a good posture?

Causes of Poor Posture

Good Posture VS Poor Posture

Why do you need a good posture?


Posture Assessment

Posture Correction Program

Self Tests for Postural Faults



Good Posture VS Poor Posture

Good Posture

Perfect standing posture is when the following are properly aligned:

  • The points between your eyes, chin, collarbone, and midpoint between your ankles
  • From the side, you can easily see the three natural curves in your back
  • From the front, your shoulders, hips, and knees are of equal height
  • Your head is held straight, not tilted or turned to one side
  • From the back, the spinous processes of your spine should be in straight line down the center of your back

Obviously, no one spends all day in this position. But, if you naturally assume a relaxed standing posture, you will carry yourself in a more balanced position and with less stress in your other activities.

 

Poor Posture

When you have poor posture, the body’s vertical position is out of alignment and the back’s natural curves become distorted. Head forward or slouched posture:

  • Rounded shoulders
  • Head forward, rounded upper back
  • Arched low back
  • Protruding buttocks
  • Chest flattens
  • Abdominal organs sag, crowding and making more work for your heart and lungs
  • Seen often in women who have osteoporosis in later years

Military Posture:

      • Head pulled back
      • Shoulder blades tightly pulled back
      • Arched lower back
      • Knees locked (hyperextended)
      • Minimizes the spinal column’s ability to be a shock absorber for the body

 

 



Slumped sitting posture:

  • Upper back humped or too rounded
  • Head forward
  • Rounded lower back