Posture & Alignment by Katelyn Procyshyn
May 1, 2017
A vast majority of the injuries, aches, and pains seen in a physiotherapy clinic are a result of less than optimal posture!
POSTURE is the arrangement of the parts of the body, and the muscular and skeletal balance that protects against injury or deformity.
ALIGNMENT refers to the position of those body segments relative to the vertical force of gravity and relative to one another.
In order to achieve an “ideal” postural alignment we must consider:
The “Plumb Line” is a reference line passing through specific landmarks on the body, that would ideally line up body segments with the force of gravity--- this could be considered IDEAL POSTURE!
Kendell, McCreary & Provence. Muscle Testing and Function With Posture and Pain. Fifth Edition. 2005
WHY DO WE DEVIATE FROM IDEAL?
TYPICAL DEVIATIONS OF POSTURAL ALIGNMENT
Check out the pictures below to see the effects these postures have on the body and what populations may develop them.
Chest is pushed forward and an increased lumbar curve Results in:
Forward Head Posture- FUN FACT!
Kapandji AI. The Physiology of the Joints, Volume 3: The Spinal Column, Pelvic Girdle and Head, 2008
Major features include: Neck flexors are long and weak, extensors are short and tight, thoracic extensors are long and weak, and pectorals are tight] [mage result for Forward Head Flexion
If you fit a posture that is anything but ideal, talk to your physiotherapist about what you can do to make a change—it is never too late!
Kendell, McCreary & Provence. Muscle Testing and Function With Posture and Pain, Fifth Edition, 2005
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