Posture

 

What is perfect posture?

'Perfect Posture' has practically disappeared in modern day, Western society. 

However, the following blueprint is what we are working towards in the field of Postural Alignment Therapy.

You'll see our 'Freddie Function' below has -


  • Horizontally level, non-rounded shoulders.

  • His ears are no further forward than his shoulder.

  • His spine is a gentle 'S' shape.

  • His hips are in a neutral position (neither tilting too far forward or too far back) and horizontally level.

  • His knees are directly below his hips both from the front and side.

  • His ankles are directly below his knees both from the front and side.

  • His feet point straight ahead.

When your body deviates from this 'perfect posture' blueprint, it means your body is not loading and firing correctly and these imbalances will eventually cause wear and tear or over-use in the joints, cartilage, tendons and muscles.

This over-use and wear and tear has lots of fancy and/or scary sounding names: ruptured discs, arthritis, degenerative hips, ankylosing spondylosis, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, tendinitis, tendinopathy, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow ... the list goes on. However, all these symptoms are simply the long term effects of unnatural wear and tear caused by joints being out of correct alignment, which forces gravity to disrupt the natural load and cause degeneration.

If you can get the joints back into alignment (by waking up muscles which have fallen asleep through our sedentary and repetitive Western lifestyles) you can reduce this unnatural wear and tear and improve your symptoms.

This is what Postural Alignment Therapy does.

 

Postural Assessment

With me as your postural guinea pig!

I'm using my own postural photos here to demonstrate my thought process during a client assessment. This then dictates what exercises are best suited to that individual client and we see how their body responds during a session.


(N.B - There's a spectrum of severity when it comes to these postural deviations and, all things considered, I'm not particularly severe with any of the deviations I present with. Google the terms I use if you want to see more severe examples of the various postural deviations).

Front View

1. Elevated L Pelvis = likely to be tightness of iliapsoas on one side.
2. Valgus Knee Stress = likely to be weakness of abductors of hips.
3. Internally Rotated Shoulder (front of hand showing) = likely to be weakness of rhomboids.

Left View

4. Posterior Pelvic Tilt = likely to be issue with weak quads, spinal erectors and iliapsoas.
5. Forward Head = likely to be issue with weakness around shoulder girdle.

Right View

4. Posterior Pelvic Tilt = likely to be issue with weak quads, spinal erectors and iliapsoas.
5. Forward Head = likely to be issue with weakness around shoulder girdle.

Back View

6. L Forward Thoracic Rotation (displayed by disparity in hand placement) = likely to be issue with spinal erector function.
7. Pronated ankles = likely to be weakness in the muscles around the calf.

 

Imagine your car ...


Cars have an optimal, mechanical design. When they drive in their optimal design, they function correctly and safely.


If the wheels of your car started to deviate from their proper, parallel alignment and you started veering off course, you would immediately -

a) sense something was wrong and probably stop.

b) know that the wheel misalignment will eventually cause further damage.

c) get straight to a garage to sort the problem out.

Our bodies also have an optimal, biomechanical design. There is a specific way in which our joints should be stacked and that our body and joints should function.

When this optimal design is maintained, people are fully functional and don't suffer musculoskeletal pain.

When the optimal design is lost, our body will start presenting with postural deviations which will ultimately result in painful symptoms.

When your own body starts losing its perfect alignment why don't we -

a) sense something is wrong and stop?

b) know that our 'wheel' misalignment will eventually cause further damage?

c) get straight to a 'garage' to sort the problem out?

Pain is not normal.

Pain is not age related.

Pain is not to be ignored or masked with painkillers.

Pain is a message from your body telling you to change something.


Pain tells you to get to the garage to sort the problem out.

 

Contact

I'm not a Doctor and I'm not a Physio ... I 'just' teach people to move correctly.

Have a particular symptom or condition you’re trying to deal with? Curious to understand the link between your posture and chronic pain? Want to improve and optimise your sporting performance through moving more functionally and eliminating compensating movement patterns?

Contact me today to see how Postural Alignment Therapy can help you (or your family, friends or employees) help yourself back to your natural functional alignment and maximum health.


I offer free 15 minute phone consultations to clarify what Postural Alignment is all about and to see if it is the right treatment for you. Fill out the form below to get in touch.

Based upstairs at Bevere Cafe & Gallery, WR3 7RQ.

Skype appointments also available.


Appointments by prior arrangement only.

Mondays - 9am - 8pm

Tuesdays - 9am - 5pm

Wednesdays - 9am - 5pm

Thursdays - 9am - 8pm

Fridays - 9am - 5pm

Occasional weekends and other time slots by appointment.

 

Eleanor Burt - Postural Alignment Therapy

Upstairs at Bevere Cafe & Gallery, WR3 7RQ.