Posture deviation is a common term used to describe different ways in which our posture can become unaligned from the “standard”. Now, the truth to be told, almost everyone has some type of postural deviation. The question is how dramatic is yours? Is it “the hunch back of Notre Dame? “or is it ”text neck” to name a few.
This is when a proper assessment by an exercise professional comes handy! Understanding how to identify and improve postural deviations may help individuals prevent injury, improve balance, improve muscle imbalances and increase strength not just for optimal athletic performance but for a pain-free life for all.
Having neutral posture is about more than just looking good. Sure proper posture helps with self- confidence, but it also helps us carry on the activities of daily life. Standing, walking, sittingand reclining in positions that do not strain supporting muscles and ligaments and allows muscles to function properly the way they were intended to. Keeping joints in correct alignment minimizes the chances of injury. Often my clients tell me, how suddenly they pulled a muscle when all they did was bend over and pick up a pen. Well, usually there is a build-up that leads to such acute muscle strain.
What Causes Posture Deviations?
There are two categories: Correctable factors and non-correctable factors.
Correctable posture deviations can include repetitive movements, awkward positions like slouched posture (we get from starring at electronic devices) side dominance, fatigue, lack of joint stability and/or mobility.
Non-correctable factors include some pathologies, structural deviations, congenital conditions (scoliosis is a common one, nonetheless exercise can help prevent further deviation)
Can Posture Deviations Be Corrected?
So what can we do? Or is there something we can do? The answer is YES! But how?
A sustainable and fun way to get started is to schedule five minute “meetings” with yourself on your smartphone twice a day. Grab your headphones and move your body to your favorite tunes at home or office. Above all, work on creating self-awareness. Try to identify what your postural habits are.
If you lack inspiration, motivation or accountability, reaching out to a qualified exercise specialist could be good idea.
And remember, for healthy joint mechanics, it’s important to reduce tightness caused by overworked muscles and work toward adequate flexibility, balance by incorporating movement into your daily life.
Keep in mind the saying “slow and steady wins the race “After all ,your body is your home, your temple. Nurture it with healthy habits. Be consistant. Be patient. Keep calm and keep moving
Published by Barcelona Metropolitan Magazine, May 12,2023