Posture Principle #2
Your posture is how you balance your body, how all the parts of your body are stacked up one on top of another. Your pelvis is stacked over your legs, your torso over your pelvis and your head over your torso. If you are standing up, you are balanced. The question is how are you balanced?
Imagine a set of blocks like you played with as a child. In order to stack the blocks one on top of the other, it works best when you place them directly on top of one another. If the first block is off kilter, then all the blocks after that will need to be off set in order for the block tower to stay upright.
The same is true for the regions of your body. If your hips are uneven, your torso will have to move in the opposite direction to maintain the center of gravity, and your head will move opposite to your torso.
When balance is maintained this way, what we call often call “bad” posture, it creates strain on the ligaments, tendons, muscles and joints of your body. Some of these structures become overworked while some are not worked at all, leaving you vulnerable to further injury as well since falls are more likely to happen.
The posture exercises taught at our clinic gently help correct and maintain strong posture, which promotes balanced motion. For more information about these exercises, go to
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So why do our bodies acquire posture problems over time? In the next entry, we’ll talk about Posture Principle #3, “Patterns”.
Information for this article is from Stand Taller, Live Longer, by Steven Weineger D.C.